Following the dispute that erupted between Chevron Nigeria Limited and some host communities in Delta State, the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), has urged the warring parties to maintain peace pending the resolution of the matter.
NUPRC’s Head of Public Affairs and Communication Unit, Mrs. Olaide Shonola, who disclosed the regulator’s intervention in a statement on Wednesday said, the crisis broke out over the composition and naming of the Host Communities Trust Fund.
Mrs. Shonola said, “the dispute between Chevron and the Ugbororo, Ugbegugun, and Denbele communities in Warri South Local Government of the state on the other is over the naming of the host community trust fund established for the communities and the composition of its Board of Trustees.
“People from the three communities were reported to have staged a protest in the Escravos Terminal area, accusing Chevron of going against the Petroleum Industry Act (2021).
“At a meeting between the feuding parties on Tuesday at the NUPRC headquarters in Abuja, the Commission Chief Executive (CCE), Engr Gbenga Komolafe, urged them to maintain the status quo and ensure peace reigned in the operational area as the regulator was determined to ensure that the fit and proper thing is done immediately”, she said.
Mrs. Shonola further said, having listened to the submissions of the parties, Engr Komolafe, issued a regulatory position and directed Chevron on the resolution of the matter which must be implemented within two weeks.
He emphasised that the law which was very explicit on the matter in contention must be obeyed by all the parties concerned.
“Among other directives, the CCE called for the immediate convening of consultation meetings with the communities on the proper delineation and naming of the Fund in compliance with the PIA and the re-composition of the Board of Trustees in line with an earlier directive of the Commission.
“The process which must be supervised by the Commission’s Warri Regional Office is expected to be finalised and the report sent to the Commission within two weeks”, she said.