Thousands of Ijaw, Itsekiri, Ilaje and Urhobo youths from host communities in Delta state, have paralysed the operations of Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, along NPA Expressway, for several hours barricading all entrance to the company premises as early as 6 a.m.
The aggrieved youths displayed several placards with various inscriptions to show their grievances, claiming to be acting under the platform of Chevron Host Communities Procurement Association prevented the officials from accessing their offices.
The presence of heavily armed soldiers and Mobile Policemen led by one Major Nledamin and DSP Prince Ezejiofor did not however deter the protesters as they chanted war songs threatening to shut down the operations of the company completely.
Some of the placards carried by the protesters, Tuesday, read: No local content, no operations; We need our right; Chevron stop marginalizing the host communities; Chevron staff stop doing contracts for Chevron.
Chairman of the Chevron Host Communities Procurement Association, Mr. Emmanuel Adidi told journalists that his members were angry with the relocation of the Procurement Department of the company to Lagos which he alleged was deliberate to shut them from having contracts from the oil firm.
It took the intervention of prominent Itsekiri leaders, Chiefs Ayiri Emami, Newton Agbofordo and others to placate the protesters to vacate the premises and allow work to resume.