Residents of Ugborode community in Warri south west local government area are protesting Chevron’s continuous neglect of the area.
The people who took their protest to the multinational oil company’s operational headquarters say their demands for basic amenities, shoreline protection and other necessities have been not given any consideration.
Ikenna Amechi reports that Ugborode, an Itsekiri community, is accessed through the Escravos River, where the Chevron operational headquarters is located.
The community is not known because of the naming of facilities after the river, and that’s the least of the grouse of Ugborode people as they staged a protest at company premises.
The community like most places close to the Atlantic ocean is facing eminent environmental challenge which needs urgent attention.
The Chevron Nigeria Limited in reaction to the protest denies neglecting the community but rather stated that they have a long-standing relationship with the Ugborode community.
This according to them, was made formal by the signing of Global Memorandum of Understanding which has seen developmental projects in the area.
Chevron said through intervention like NDDC, Itsekiri Regional Development, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and other government and Non—governmental organisations they have also brought development and empowerment to the people.