The Ondo State House of Assembly has given a five day ultimatum -Tuesday 14th May 2019, for the Management of Chevron Nigeria Limited to appear before it or face the wrath of the Assembly.
The Speaker, Rt Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun gave the ultimatum while addressing stakeholders at an Ad hoc Committee level over the fire incidence on Oil Wells at Ojumole in Ugbo Axis of Ilaje Local Government Area of the State.
The decision followed the attitude of two Representatives Mr Tony Emegere and their Lawyer from the Oil Company who refused to address the Committee because of the presence of Journalists. They both displayed a high level of incompetence at the meeting as observed by the committee.
The Chevron Representatives who claimed they have no right to address the Committee in the presence of press appealed that journalists be excused, a request that was turned down by the lawmakers.
The State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Funso Ẹsan had earlier told the Committee that the Oil Company erred by neglecting the host communities and lack of commitment to the State Government.
Addressing the Committee, the spokesperson of the Representatives of Olugbo in Council, Dr Akin Akinruntan alleged Chevron of short changing the host communities in Ondo State compared to what transpired in other oil producing states.
Dr Akinruntan appealed to the Committee to intervene on the matter and ensure affected communities were adequately compensated for the damages done on the aquatic lives, air and the environment.
The Chairman of the House Committee, Prince Abayomi Akinruntan promised that the lawmakers would ensure justice is done in the interest of the affected communities and Ondo State in general.
Report has it that the Ojumole community/other affected communities indicates that the fire is still burning from the oil field for the past twenty one days.