Hostcom Backs Kokodiagbene Community to Demand Electricity from Chevron in Delta.


The Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil & Gas (HOST-COM), Ijaw Ethnic Nationality, has backed the people of Kokodiagbene community, Gbaramatu Kingdom Warri South West local government area of Delta state in the demand for electricity from Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL). The people of the oil rich Kokodiagbene community recently staged a peaceful protest to the Chevron run Otunana flowstation demanding for electricity supply to the community and capped their protest with a 14-day ultimatum to the company. At the weekend, the Community raised the alarm over alleged plan by the oil giant to clamp down on leaders of the community over their recent demand for electricity supply from the company and implored the state government to call the company to order. But the Ijaw HOSTCOM, last week, threw its weight behind the Kokodiagbene community and urged Chevron to do the needful by providing its host with electricity. Speaking in Warri, Delta state, the chairman of HOSTCOM, Ijaw Ethinic Nationality, Comrade Kingsley Ikiere, said the demand of the Kokodiagbene community was not out of place. “We have been monitoring the development between the Kokodiagbene community and Chevron Nigeria Limited over the demand for electricity supply. The people of the Community are not asking for too much frm the company that is getting so much from the area and this is why we are backing the peace-loving people of Kokodiagbene community in demanding that they should be provided with electricity supply by Chevron,” he said Comrade Ikiere also said: “We want to call on the management of Chevron Nigeria Limited to kindly do the needful by providing the KOkodiagbene community with electricity. These peace-loving people should not be allowed to suffer unnecessarily in the midst of plenty. We know Chevron to be a responsible corporate organization and so the community should in a responsible manner address the plight of the people. The HOSTCOM boss while commending the Delta State Government for stepping into the matter said that,” We understand that the State Government has stepped into this issue. This is laudable; Government should do everything possible to ensur that this matter is resolved amicably between the Kokodiagbene community and Chevron Nigeria Limited. The Company should know that it is not fair for people to live in the midst of water and be made to watch their faces with spittle. Let the Company give fair fear deal to the people of Kokodiagbene community. “I want to use this medium to also appeal to the peace-loving people of Kikodiagbene community to remain calm and should not do anything that will affect the operations of the company in the area. I must commend the people for their peaceful protest on February 1, 2017, they should remain peaceful until the right thing is done for them by the management of the company.

Source: Hostcom

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