Itsekiri Graduates drums support for Dibi, Olero, Abiteye Protesters, says enough of Oil Majors
Itsekiri Graduates drums support for Dibi, Olero, Abiteye Protesters, says enough of Oil Majors exploitation
Itsekiri Graduates under the aegis of National Association of Itsekiri Graduates, NAIG has reaffirmed their full support to the ongoing protests by Host Communities over the constant neglect of Chevron Nigeria Limited and other IOCS despite the fact that Itsekiris are the largest producer of Crude Oil and Gas in Delta State.
Addressing newsmen in a Press briefing held on Wednesday July 20, 2022 at its Secretariat, Ugbori, Warri, President of Itsekiri Graduates Body, Comr. Ben Eyitemi Eburajolo said that Chevron Nigeria Limited has neglected Itsekiri Homeland for too long while they continue to benefit from the richness of the land.
Eburajolo who spoke on behalf of other Executives accused Chevron Nigeria Limited of the high rates of unemployment in Itsekiri Nation due to the fact that Chevron Nig. Ltd is busy giving out Itsekiri job slots to the Igbos and other tribes lIving Itsekiri graduates jobless, just as he called on the Delta State Government for effective intervention policies on the issue that has lingered for over many years.
“NAIG has been on the forefront of this battle of Chevron Nigeria Limited gross marginalization of our people in the distribution of infrastructural development. It is on record that Chevron Nigeria Limited has not given the Itsekiri Nation any job slot for a long time now.
“Our brothers and sisters in VTP5/OTP2, and VTP6 program were unjustly denied their permanent employment by the Management of Chevron, despite completion of their program over 9 years ago and Chevron's inability to issue them their OPITO Certificate buttresses Chevron’s public display of gross marginalization."
“The protest by Indigenes of Olero, Dibi and Abiteye fields is long overdue and could not have occurred better than now, seeing the state of abject poverty the people are living in for decades.”
The Group who threatened that all demands of the protesters must be met to avoid another shutdown, expressed appreciation to the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III for his intervention while commending the unrelenting protesters and their leaders for making the Delta State Government and Chevron Nigeria Limited to embark physical assessment of the communities.