PORT HARCOURT – Youths of Bonny kingdom appear set to clash with the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG, over a recent recruitment exercise conducted by the firm were about thirty three persons were employed.
At a briefing, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, youths of the area who spoke under the aegis of Youths of Bonny Kingdom, said NLNG did not engage anybody from the area among the thirty- three people it recruited, stressing that the act was a violation of the local content law.
While urging the state and federal government to prevail on the firm to employ some of the youths, Mr. Furo Gift said it would be unfair for the area to suffer pollution from operations of the NLNG, yet it youths would be shut out of the company’s employment opportunities.
He said: “You cannot be taking so much from the people’s land and cannot give them employment; it means that you want them to remain perpetually poor”.
When contacted, a source in the media department of NLNG said the thirty-three people recently employed by the firm was purely on merit.
The source said the firm placed advert for jobs on August 2011, and about 4,500 people applied. Adding that the firm shortlisted 1,500, then 158 made it to the interview stage from where the thirty three were picked on merit.