Community gives Chevron ultimatum to recall sacked workers

POLITICAL leaders and elders of Gbaramatu Kingdom, in Warri South West Local Government Council of Delta, yesterday, gave a 48-hour ultimatum to the management of Chevron-Texaco Nigeria Limited to immediately reinstate the 12 Ijaw workers who were allegedly sacked because of their alleged involvement in the 2003 Warri crisis or face the wrath of the people.

The leaders under the aegis of the Concerned Citizens of Gbaramatu Kingdom who expressed their displeasure over the way the workers were allegedly sacked by the company after the Warri crisis also asked the companies to revisit the contract of a cottage hospital which was awarded before the Gbaramatu women protest that took place at Abiteye flow station in 2001 that was allegedly abandoned because of the protest.

In a statement signed by the chairman of the group, Mr Gold Binaebi and its secretary, Mr Opuwei Adidi, the group warned that it may ask its people to stall operations in the area until their demands were met.

According to the statement, �Chevron-Texaco should immediately recall the 12 Ijaw workers sacked in the wake of the Warri crisis in 2003. Chevron-Texaco should immediately review and award the cottage hospital project to a viable firm that can execute the project. This body also advised Chevron�Texaco to address the pending issues of maltreatment of Ijaw workers immediately.

�On this note, we are giving Chevron-Texaco 48 hours ultimatum to immediately address these pending issues or else be prepared to face the wrath of Gbaramatu people in a mass action at the expiration of this ultimatum. We are tired of your antics and will be followed up with serious consequencies� it declared.

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