Environmental Rights Activist Elected to Nigerian Oil and Gas Organization

Tunde Okorodudu

Tunde Okorodudu, an environmental rights activist, was recently elected to the Delta State Nigeria Board of Trustees for the Oil & Gas Host Communities Organization. For over 20 years, Okorodudu has advocated for oil pollution and compensation rights from companies such as Shell Oil and Chevron. In an article recently published in the Nigerian newspaper, “The Warri Voice,” Okorodudu said the Delta State organization represents communities where crude oil is extracted “without properly cleaning up of the environment or providing adequate compensation” for the indigenous residents. Chevron recently completed development projects in Warri, Nigeria, which included three ultra-modern town halls, a civic center, a skill acquisition center and a teachers’ housing quarters, all in Warri south local government area. Okorodudu says, “I want to commend Chevron Nigeria for the recently completed and commissioned projects in Warri for the six communities, namely Ekurede, Ugbori, Okere, Ugbuwangue, Orugbo, and Ode-Itsekiri, all under the Ugbo-Mefa elders’ assembly, of which I am also a delegate representing Ekurede and headed by Prince Agidotan Yowuren.  I encourage Chevron to continue to contribute to the development of the oil communities in the Niger Delta.” Reflecting on the Chevron CEO’s recent meeting with President Obama, Okorodudu says, “The president will be able to mediate and, being of African ancestry, will be able to feel the pain suffered by these host communities and make sure he advises Chevron to treat them with fairness, equity and good corporate social responsibility.”
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