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Chevron Nigeria Limited Donates to Relief Fund for Displaced Ijaws and Itsekiris

This is news concerning ChevronTexaco but issued by a ChevronTexaco subsidiary, Chevron Nigeria Ltd., and archived here for record purpose.

LAGOS, May 5, 2003 -- ChevronTexaco subsidiary, Chevron Nigeria Ltd., today made a $50,000 contribution to a fund for the provision of humanitarian relief aid to Ijaws and Itsekiris displaced from their homes during the recent unrest in the western Niger Delta. The money was presented to IFESH (International Foundation for Education and Self-Help), an international Non-Governmental Organization, which is organizing the fund.

Handing over a cheque for the money, Mr. Jay Pryor, Chairman and Managing of Chevron Nigeria Limited, expressed his company's sympathy over the losses that resulted from the crisis. He said, "We feel deeply saddened by the widespread loss of lives and property in many places as a result of the unrest. We offer our condolences to all those who lost their dear ones. We are also profoundly concerned about the welfare of the thousands of people who were displaced from their homes and villages. This is why we decided to contribute to this fund put together by a reputable international NGO with whom we have collaborated in many other ways in the past towards improving the quality of life for people living in our areas of operation."

Mr. Pryor appealed to all stakeholders in the Niger Delta to embrace peace by exercising patience in times of disagreement and engaging in dialogue to resolve disputes. "The consequences of violence can be quite far-reaching, while peace will always bring about joy, development and progress for all. We advise dialogue at all times because it fosters understanding and builds relationships," he added.

Mr. Pryor commended the Federal Government for setting up the General Danjuma Committee on the crisis, hoping that all stakeholders in the area will cooperate with the committee to resolve their differences in an amicable manner.

CNL's contribution to the IFESH relief fund for victims of the recent Niger Delta crisis is in addition to other similar efforts made by the company in connection with the crisis. It will be recalled that during the crisis, the company evacuated over 3,000 displaced people from around the Escravos Terminal to safer areas.

Updated: May 2003