A group, the Concerned Bonafide Ojumole Community, has charged Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) to put the safety of its host community first while going about its operations in Ondo State.
The group made this known while reacting to the April 18 fire incident at the company’s Ojumole Oil Well 1 which affected some communities in Ilaje Local Government Area of the state.
Emiloju Owoyele, the spokesman of the group which comprises residents of Ojumole community in Ugbo Kingdom, Ilaje LGA spoke in Lagos on Wednesday, May 15.
He refuted the company’s claim that the fire incident occurred in a dry well.
He noted, “We want to state here that Ojumole oil well is not a dry well as claimed by CNL and we therefore urge CNL to commence operation so that Ojumole community and other affected communities would get commensurable compensation for the damage suffered through the CNL’s operations in the environment.
“We know that Chevron is committed to the safety of the communities and the environment within its areas of operation in other places. We, therefore, want such great commitment to be shown in Ojumole oil field operation.”
Owoyele further refuted claims that Ojumole is a community in Ikorigho, stating that it is an autonomous community under Ugbo kingdom.
He noted that the claim that Ojumole is in Ikorigho was a deliberate plot to deprive people of the community their entitlements from Chevron.
“We warned CNL never to have any dealings or negotiations with any group of people except the bonafide people of Ojumole community in Ugbo kingdom in the Ilaje Local Government of Ondo State,” the spokesman said.
While also pointing out that Chevron is not entirely innocent of blame in the recent fire outbreak, he urged the company to put measures in place to extinguish the fire.