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Compel oil firms to employ graduates, Rivers, Bayelsa govs urged

By Naomi Uzor
LAGOS—The United Rivers and Bayelsa States Indigenes Association, URBSIAL, Lagos chapter, has called on the Governors of Rivers and Bayelsa States to enact laws that would compel oil prospecting companies operating in the states to make definite commitment for the employment of graduate indigenes.

Speaking during the cultural day celebration of URBASIAL to commemorate the creation of Rivers and Bayelsa States, at the Senate chambers, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, the President of the association, Mr George Olungwe, said the unemployment situation in the states was worrisome as their young graduates are very much susceptible to be used by unscrupulous elements and over-ambitious politicians.

According to him,  the law will help curb the unemployment situation in the states.

“We wish to draw the attention of our Governors to the worrisome unemployment situation of our young graduates, who are  susceptible to be used by unscrupulous elements and over-ambitious politicians. To avoid such happening, the state governments should put in place a deliberate policy on human assets development and capacity building.

This can be achieved by enacting laws that would compel oil prospecting companies operating in the area to make definite commitment as to indigenes’ employment in their organisations,” he said.

He urged the Governors to create special intervention structures in their respective employment offices to monitor and ensure that the states employment quota in federal parastatals are filled by people from the states.

Furthermore, he appealed to the governors and other political leaders to rise above sectional and parochial individual interest, unhealthy rivalry and fractionalization for what ever political gains or reasons, but to come together whenever there is developmental issues at the centre that will benefit both states and also support to fight their common enemies whose stock in trade is to dismember them and possibly make them stab each other at the back in other that they could continue to strive in exploiting the resources in their territory and provide nothing for their people.

Olungwe applauded President Goodluck Jonathan for the humble and pragmatic manner in which he handled the affairs of the nation at those trying moments, especially the way he managed some of the critical and provocative issues that would have plunged the country into civil disobedience.


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