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Regional News of Saturday, 4 December 2021


Chevron host communities’ foundation suspends three BoT members

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The leadership of Chevron Nigeria Limited’s host communities, operating under the aegis of KEFFES Rural Development Foundation in Bayelsa State, has suspended three traditional chiefs for allegedly sponsoring the recent crisis that rocked the foundation.

The affected chiefs, who are representatives of their communities on the foundation’s Board of Trustees, are Manash Oluzulu (Foropa), Dekumo Sunday-Regent (Ekeni) and Wagibowei Dowi (Fish town). KEFFES is made up of Koluama 1 & 2, Ezetu 1 & 2, Foropa, Fish town, Ekeni and Sangana located along the Atlantic Ocean in Bayelsa.

They host oil facilities operated by Chevron Nigeria Limited. An ex-officio member of the BoT, Christopher Tuduo, told journalists in Yenagoa on Friday that the suspended members failed to honour an invitation to appear before an enlarged meeting of the foundation’s board to explain their alleged involvement in the lingering crisis.

Tuduo said they were accused of supporting the Timiebi Amadein-led parallel executive to misinterpret a State High Court order to change KEFFES RDF’s substantive leadership, which earned the culprits an indefinite suspension, as a motion for stay of execution was already pending at the Appeal Court in Port Harcourt, River State“So, the general stakeholders, which is the general assembly of the council, met and decided that the three BoT members should be suspended from the board.

It must be clear that their communities are not suspended, but the individuals are suspended. We expect the communities concerned to write to the council on what they want to do with them and council will follow suit.”   

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