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    Ondo Assembly Summons Chevron to Appear May 14

    The Ondo State House of Assembly Ad-hoc Committee on fire incident at Ugbo llaje Ojumole, Oil Well operated by Chevron Nigeria Limited has ordered the company to send its qualified representatives who can address the committee on the issue before the house and journalists on Tuesdady,May 14.

    The Speaker of the House,Bamidele  Oleyeloogun, gave the position of the committee at the meeting of the members of the committee with all stakeholders held at the conference room of the State House of Assembly.
    Oleyeloogun said since the representatives of Chevron at the meeting have no capacity to speak on the issue in the presence of the House correspondents at the meeting.
    He said that the company should send a qualified representatives who can speak on behalf of the company to appear before the committee next week  Tuesday and directed  the company to put off the fire before the meeting date.

    The speaker said failure on the part of the company would lead to drastic step of the House against chevron.
    According to him,The 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 properties affected as a result of fire incident at Ojumole.

    “As a reputable company in the country, the lives and property of the hosting community where chevron operates should be paramount to the company rather than toying with socio economic activities of the hosting community, ” he said.
    The Chairman of the Committee, Abayomi Akinruntan,representing Ilaje Constituency One attributed the fire incident to the negligence on the part of chevron company,adding that since it occurred nothing had been done to care for lives and property affected through the incident.

    Akinruntan,who also condemned the management of chevron company for showing negligence towards lives, property and the nine communities affected as a result of the fire said the incident has paralysed economic activities as well led to the pollution of water in the area.
    He said the representatives should not have attended the meeting since they could not address the committee in the presence of journalists.
    The representatives of the chevron,Mr. Tony Emegiche and Barrister Uche Akunemeh jointly said  that it is not appropriate for them to speak on the fire incident before pressmen since the company has appropriate department saddled with such responsibility.

    Uche Akunemeh who said he works in the personnel management of chevron
    said speaking on the issue would only be possible without the presence of pressmen.
    The State Commissioner for Environment,Mr.Funso Esan, explained that the state government since the incident occurred has took necessary step through Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) to the scene of the fire to assess level of damage.

    The commissioner, who affirmed that the fire was still burning as at the time of visit to the scene said there is need for the fire to be put off.
    Esan noted that the state government had advised chevron to engage either community security to look after the oil well but to no avail.

    A representative of Odonla in one of the affected communities,Dr. Akin Akinruntan called for the compensation of community where oil exploration takes place and urge the chevron company to stop merging the oil well in their area with Delta state region.
    Akinruntan said compensations should also be given to communities over damage of water and pollution of air  the company has caused in the area.

    The House had set up a 6-man committee on Tuesday during its plenary session and directed all stakeholders in the fire incident to appear before the committee with the aim of addressing the cause, security implications, economic effects and the lasting solutions to the incident.
    The fire incident occurred on April 18,2019 at Ugbo llaje Ojumole, Oil Well in ilaje local government area of the state.

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