Chevron Gas Explosion: Bayelsa Community Issues Threat – Communique

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COMMUNIQUE BY THE FORUM OF CLAIM AGENTS FOR CHEVRON GAS EXPLOSION AT KOLUAMA APOI NORTH IN BAYELSA STATE OF NIGERIA AFTER AN EXTRA-ORDINARY MEETING HELD AT YENAGOA ON THE 10TH OCTOBER, 2012
COMMUNIQUE
In an extra ordinary meeting held at the OMPADEC GROUND OF YENAGOA
CITY by the forum for the compensation to the Southern Ijaw
communities affected by the Chevron K.S. ENDEAVOR RIG GAS EXPLOSION on
the 16th January, 2012, Forum agreed on the following:-
1. There was negligent gas explosion at the facility of Chevron
Nigeria Limited K.S. ENDEAVOR on the 16th January, 2012 which
continued to spew gas and fire till 2nd March, 2012 when an attempt to
stop the fire was made.
2. That the workers of Chevron are responsible for the explosion and
so Chevron should be responsible for every damage done to the Ecology
and Property of coastal Territory aborting the facility.
3. That individual claims have been made to Chevron Nigeria
Limited/Chevron Incorporated USA jointly and severally for payment of
compensation.
4. That the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria through its
Agencies had demanded compensations to no avail and we are ready to
work with them.
5. That the cleanup has failed to negotiate or contact the
Agents/Attorneys for the payment of adequate compensation
6. That the cleanup is not complete as Gas still bubbles up to the
coast and affects adversely the Ecosystem and is advised to quickly do
something to stop the Trespass, Nuisance and Assault.
7. Forum has agreed that if Chevron Nigeria Limited/Chevron
Incorporated USA did not pay the demanded compensation on or before
the 15th November, 2012 Forum shall allow the communities and Fisher
folk to use every means to seek Reparations/Compensation.
Signed:
1. CAPTAIN GEORGE G.N. ABADI (RTD).
FORUM CHAIRMAN
2. BARRISTER HENRY APELI, ESQ.
FORUM VICE CHAIRMAN
3. CHIEF JONES ABIRI, (JP)
FORUM ADMIN SECRETARY

 

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  1. I.O. Oguine October 15, 2012 at 9:19 am -

    Madam, we will act just that we roped with litigations here in Nigeria. We will do well by cooperating with the Forum of Claim Agents in Bayelsa State to ensure that the people are paid in no distance time.

  2. Rose Horse October 15, 2012 at 9:12 am -

    Ogiune, for your information Chevron US is not happy about the ultimatum given by Forum of Claim Agents in Bayelsa State. We have directed you to act immediately because that is mr. president’s home state. we will not be held responsible for any protest by the villagers. First, I read it on our (Chevron) facebook and now this investigative website. Act fast.

  3. Reporters without Border October 15, 2012 at 7:31 am -

    Nigeria is unfortunately not an independent country. Its leadership are not servants of the Nigerian people. They serve other interests. Some in Nigerian leadership wish and are trying to resist the Zionist. That’s why Boko Haram was created to keep them in place with the treat of dividing Nigeria into a Muslim north and a Christian south. Chevron, pay them. So sad.

  4. Reporters without Border October 15, 2012 at 7:28 am -

    Good this should not give Chevron any dine. Get them arrested to secure the payment for the downtrodden and helpless people in the Niger Delta Region immediately.

  5. O.I. OGIUNE October 15, 2012 at 4:36 am -

    Madam, we are ready to comply but there are litigation in-respect of the directive from your US office.We are also appealing to the forum of claim agents to exercise some restraint to have understanding of the present litigations before federal high courts here in Nigeria. Please, we will do well by the directive. Tanx madam.

  6. Doris Andrew October 15, 2012 at 4:26 am -

    OGIUNE,THE GENERAL COUNSEL, I APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENT ON THE IMPENDING ACTION BY THE VILLAGERS WHO ARE AFFECTED BY THE 16TH JANUARY, 2012 OUR GAS EXPLOSION THROUGH THE FORUM OF CLAIM AGENTS. FIRST I READ IT ON FACEBOOK LAST FRIDAY. WE HAVE DIRECTED CHEVRON NIGERIA LIMITED TO ACT IMMEDIATELY. PLEASE AVOID FURTHER ACTION, THAT IS PRESIDENT HOME.
    CHEVRON INTERNATIONAL.

  7. Ogiune October 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm -

    John, tanx for asking them to be patience with the management on the payment issue which we believe they will be treated accordingly. So let them bear with us a while.

  8. John Fawthrop October 14, 2012 at 8:50 pm -

    Please, we are appealing to the Forum of Claim Agents in Bayelsa State to hold on and talk to the impacted communities and fishing settlements that CHEVRON NIGERIA LIMITED shall get to them through the Forum of Claim Agents. That the villagers should not stage any protest to stop our work and send wrong signal to our US HEADQUARSTERS. Tanx many many.