The kingdom which is the ancestral home of former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo also accused the oil company of “flagrantly violating the local content requirements in the area of contracts in their dealings with Benikrukru community over the years.”
The statement reads, “In the light of the foregoing, the Chevron Nigeria limited and government is hereby given a seven- day ultimatum to address these grievances or the Benikrukru community would have no other option than to shut down the operations of Chevron Nigeria Limited in the Abiteye field.
“Contracts due to the communities in line with the local content law are given to contractors fronting for insiders within Chevron at the expense of the community. For now contracts such as water injection plant treatment; well- head servicing; well head repairs; leak repairs; fumigation and other associated contracts, which ought to be done by community contractors are been done by two companies, Inhouse Group and Pelfaco Nigeria Limited.
“These companies are not owned by Benikrukru indigenous contractors, but by people from outside community, who are fronting for insiders in Chevron Nigeria Limited.
“Also in the area of employment, Chevron has also stopped the yearly aptitude test through which they used to employ a few qualified persons from the community for the past 10 years. They employ now without the knowledge and interest of the Benikrukru community.