Women protesters who have besieged an oil terminal in southern Nigeria for
more than a week say they will continue their blockade.
Earlier, it seemed as if a deal to resolve the situation could be close.
However the women said negotiators for the Chevron oil company were not "sincere" and were not committing themselves to anything by way of agreement.
One of the hundreds of women who have been occupying the ChevronTexaco oil export
terminal in Escravos, Nigeria for the past nine days feeds her son Tuesday, July
16, 2002. The women said that they will occupy the terminal until they get final
documentation from the company offering local residents jobs, schools, water,
electricity and other amenities. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
One of the women told the BBC's Robert Efenakpo that they will remain at the
terminal until the company is ready to discuss the situation.
Our correspondent says the protesters, who are
supported by their menfolk, are very determined.
The women say that Chevron may have agreed to employ youths from their community,
but that the oil giant did not give any numbers.
They say the multinational has not specified either how it is going to go
about providing the amenities it has promised in the framework of the deal.
Earlier on Tuesday, one of the protest leaders, Anunu Uwawah, told the Associated
Press news agency: "It is settled. We stay today, but once the paper is signed,
we will leave."
She said the firm - Chevron Nigeria - had satisfied the women's demands by
agreeing to hire more than two dozen villagers and build schools, water systems
and other amenities.
About 800 workers remain trapped in the Escravos terminal in southern Delta
state, after about 400 workers were allowed to leave the site on Sunday.
Some 150 women took over the terminal eight days ago, demanding employment
for their families and investment in the local community.
The occupation of the terminal has halted the production of an estimated 500,000
barrels of oil a day.
An executive of parent company Chevron Texaco, Dick Filgate, said he hoped
the deal would be finalized by Tuesday, the news agency reported.
According to Mr Filgate, the company has agreed to build a town hall in the
village of Ugborodo - home to many of the protesters - and build schools and power
and water systems.
"We now have a different philosophy, and that is do more with communities,"
AP quoted Mr Filgate as saying following talks with the women.
He said the deal would be reviewed in five years' time.
As part of their protest, the women have also threatened to strip naked in
a traditional gesture of shaming men if no satisfactory deal is reached.
Many Nigerian tribes consider displays of nudity by wives, mothers and grandmothers
as a damning protest and an act that shames all those it is aimed at.
Nigeria is Africa's largest oil-producer but protests are common in oil-producing
regions by local communities, demanding that more of the oil wealth is used for
Locals often kidnap workers and demand ransom money from oil companies.
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