Communities in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State affected by a fire incident at a Chevron oil well have demanded relief materials from the company.
The communities made the demand in a Wednesday, May 1 statement signed by Rev. Ola Akinyomi.
Safety Record recalls that the April 18 fire incident occurred at Chevron Nigeria Limited’s Ojumole well 1.
Also, the communities commiserated with the company on the fire, which was said to have been caused by oil bunkerers and vandals.
They also advised residents against going near the fire until it has been extinguished.
The statement read, “We, the stakeholder communities to Ojumole Well 1 in Ilaje Local Government of Ondo State, hereby commiserate with Chevron Nig, Ltd. and the people of Ikorigho, Ojumole, Zion Ikorigho, Otumara, Ajegunle, Ilueri and Bowoto communities, who are affected by the fire burning at the Ojumole Well 1 through the activities of wicked and inhuman oil thieves and illegal bunkers, who have no respect for human lives and the environment.
“Immediately the fire started, Chevron informed our communities and our representatives were part of the Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) team to the site of the incident on Saturday April 20.
“During the JIV visit, it was discovered that the incident was caused by oil thieves, who have been coming to steal crude oil from the facility.”
The communities further said, “We, as Ilaje people, are hospitable and when a true Ilaje sees his neighbour’s house on fire he will try to help not extort him.
“We, therefore, dissociate ourselves from all attempts to extort Chevron or capitalise on this sad incident for political gains.
“The people doing this are not the appointed leaders of our people and therefore cannot speak for us.
“We are already working with Chevron to ensure that our people remain safe and that the fire is put out as soon as possible.
“We, therefore, advise our people not to go near the area where the fire is burning so as not to hamper the efforts to put out the fire.’’