Police officers attached to the Ondo State Command on Saturday, beefed up security around the premises of Chevron Nigeria Limited, following the ultimatum issued by the host communities of the oil giant.
The Nation reports that, the communities had on June 30 and July 7, 2014, written separate letters through Ilaje Ugbo coastal communities development committee (IUCCDC) to Chevron Nigeria Limited and the state governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko.
The communities in the letter signed by the chairman of council of Baale , Ugbo land, Chief Oyetomi Andrew, the secretary, Chief Asunmaga Abayomi, Youth leader, Nana Adedeji and chairman Ilaje patriots Comrade Aganyebi Kosieda, gave the oil giant 11-day ultimatum to pay them their outstanding benefits or vacate the land in its own interest.
According to the letters, the communities threatened to shut down the operations of the company in the region at the expiration of the ultimatum, if their demands are not met. They called on Mimiko to urgently intervene in the matter to prevent an impending crisis.
The communities, who lamented what they termed “unholy alliance” by some state government officials with Chevron company stated that, such alliance was very unfavourable to their demands.
The IUCCDC, however, urged chevron to start immediate payment of the three years scholarship for their indigenes as contained in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) they signed in order to avoid any misfortune. It also called on the oil company to start relating with them as they were the authorised associations that represents the interest of the state’s oil communities.