CHEVRON Nigeria Limited, CNL, operator of the NNPC/Chevron Joint Venture, has said that it does not interfere in the in-house procedure of host communities selecting their leaders and representatives.
General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Mr. Deji Haastrup, in a statement, said: “Chevron has a strong partnership with communities in the areas of its operations. We support their aspirations and respect the communities’ traditions. We do not interfere in their internal processes for selecting their leaders and representatives or in their internal affairs.”
Haastrup said the clarification became necessary in view of reports, alleging that Chevron officials were interfering in the election of representatives for the Egbema-Gbaramatu Central Development Committee, EGCDC.
He explained that EGCDC is one of eight regional community development organisations (Regional Development Committees) established under the Chevron-pioneered participatory community engagement model, known as the Global Memorandum of Understanding, GMoU.
“In keeping with the principles of the GMoU and in line with Chevron policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of communities, elections into these Regional Development Committees are entirely the affairs of the communities concerned,” he added.