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Ondo communities seek Chevron’s aid to check ocean surge

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Riverine communities in the oil-producing mandate areas of Ondo State have appealed to Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) to assist them in checking ocean surge.

Chairman of the Amalgamation of Ilaje Ugbo Coastal Communities Association (AMAICCOMA), Mr. Taiwo Orisabinone, made the appeal during the 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the association at Ugbo in Ilaje Council.

Orisabinone lamented that about 70 per cent of the §communities had been taken over by the ocean, with no fewer than 500 buildings washed away, especially in Ayetoro.

He listed other communities located along the coastline affected by the flood to include: Idiogba, Mese, Abereke, Gbagira, Ibila and Zion Pepe.

Raising the alarm over the imminent danger on the lives and properties of the residents, he said, “We humbly appeal to Chevron Nigeria Limited to assist us to arrest the perennial sea encroachment of our land.”

The chairman disclosed that the association, with support from Chevron, had succeeded in carrying out free medicare for the aged and children in the riverine areas.

According to him, wooden bridges and jetties have been constructed in 40 communities in the area under the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) mandate.

The CNL General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs (PGPA), Mr. Esimaje Brikinn, assured the people that the company would hearken to the yearnings of the people.


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