BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME

WARRI: HUNDREDS of Itsekiri youths from Ugborodo community , Warri south west local government area have  occupied Chevron major facility in the area, demanding that the oil giant should construct a formidable shore protection project for the area to save it from total collapse.

Chairman, Ugborodo Community Management committee, Mr Austin Oboroegbeyi, Mr Alex Eyengho and other sons of the area who led media men round the community lamented the level of neglect, saying that the entire community was facing threat of being washed away by wave from the Excravos sea .

Mr Oboroegbeyi  said  houses that were about two  hundred meters from the sea had been washed away by the high surging water, stressing that his family house was among those affected.

Protesters, Itsekiri
Protesters

He said if urgent steps were not taken to tackle the problem the entire community would be wiped out of existence in no distant time..

Continuing, he said the shore protection project being constructed by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC  for the area was  of poor quality , adding that they had in several letters  to the commission drawn its attention to the shoddy job.

He said among  other thing challenges in the area,  Ugborodo which is the heart of Chevron operation still drink polluted water and  does not enjoy regular power supply.

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“The community is  also demanding that the oil giant should provide it with steady power supply and give the area portable  drinking water.

How can it be said that we are host to Chevron, we don’t get portable water to drink, no steady electricity. We are totally neglected by the company. “ , he said.

The Chairman of the community management committee also said  most  indigenes from the community were still in the employ of the company as casual staff , noting that they had been with the company for about fifteen years.

Some of the placards carried by the protesters read, “Chevron some of our children have been employed as casuals for 15 years, enough of this casualization “, “our land is eroded daily by the sea “ and so on.

He said they would continue to occupy the place until meaningful efforts were made by the oil giant to resolve the problems.

The protesters had canopies, live DJ on ground blaring music. Food were supplied to them from the community.

No staff of Chevron could be seen to talk to Journalists.

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