Chevron 2012 Gas Explosion: Youths, Victims Plan Major Protest, Alert Military
Bayelsa youths and victims of the January 2012 Chevron gas explosion are set to protest non settlement of damages caused by the incident.
The youths under the auspices of Koluama Clan Youth Presidents Forum (KCYPF) said that they planned to take the rally to Chevron Nigeria Ltd. at the Funiwa 5 Well operated by Chevron in the area.
This was contained in a letter to the Commanding Officer of the Front Operations Naval Base Koluama 2, made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa on Monday.
The letter signed by Mr Digba Ikiotimi, Koluama 2, President, Mr Omietimi Henry and Mrs Perewari Boghomem, Koluama 2, Women Leader, reads in part: “The disaster destroyed our environment and the entire ecosystem which is our means of survival.
“It is sad to note that after seven years of patience, the CHEVRON/NNPC Joint Venture has not taken reasonable steps to resolve a salient issue affecting the lives and survival of her host communities.
“In view of the above, based on the overwhelming need to act now that we are still alive, the youths of Koluama have resolved that a multi-stakeholders committee is set up to resolve the issue without any further delay.
“The anticipated multi-stakeholder committee ought to include representatives from Lead plaintiffs/counsels (legal) from every legal action against CHEVRON/NNPC home and abroad, Chevron representatives, government representatives”.
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