The Ondo State House of Assembly has threatened to take drastic actions against the management of Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) if it failed to appear before the House to answer questions on the fire incident at its Ojumole Oil Well in Ilaje Local Government Area of the state.
Speaker of the House, Bamidele Oleyelogun issued the warning on Thursday, May 9.
He said the company must appear before the House on May 14 to answer questions on why it had failed to put out the fire that started on April 18.
However, he directed the company to put out the fire before the meeting date.
Recall that Safety Record earlier reported that the fire started at Ajegunle Ikorigho community but also affected Isan-West field, Parable field, Malu field, Ororo and Opokaba Otumara, Ikorigho, Ajegunle-Ikorigho, Zion Ikorigho, Iluayo, Kendo Ayeren and Ehinmoghan-Ikorigho communities in the same LGA.
The Speaker lamented that the fire and attendant oil spill had polluted the water and environment of the affected communities.
Oleyelogun said that when the Assembly met some stakeholders from the affected communities and representatives of Chevron on Thursday, May 9, the Chevron representatives refused to speak on the issue before journalists.
He directed the company to send representatives that could speak on the issue before journalists on May 14.
Oleyelogun reiterated that the company must honour the invitation on May 14 or risk sanctions.
Oleyelogun said, “Negligence of Chevron led to the fire incident and llaje people are being shortchanged.
“l strongly condemned the management of Chevron for not doing the needful to care for the lives and property affected as a result of the fire incident at Ojumole Oil Well.
“As a reputable company in the country, the lives and property of the host communities, where Chevron operates, should be paramount to it and should not toy with the socioeconomic activities of the host communities.”