By Emma Amaize
WARRI— IJAW Youth Council, IYC, Western Zone, has raised an alarm over alleged plan by Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, to throw 1,703 workers, classified as contract staff, into the unemployment market, in utter disregard to the Local Content Act.
The group, which threw its weight behind KOMBOT, a body of unemployed graduates from Gbaramatu and Egbema kingdoms in Delta State that gave CNL a seven-day ultimatum to provide them with jobs, last week, said the company would face disruption of its operations if it treated the demand with levity. The seven-day ultimatum by KOMBOT expires today.
It said, in a statement jointly signed by the Secretary and Information Officer, Friday Itigbi and Oweikeye Endoro respectively, IYC said it was aware of two letters by Chevron, dated, May 5 and August 14, 2012, and signed by F. O. Imafidon.
IYC said the letter, addressed to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and NAPIMS, sought approval for the workers to be sacked.
It said 95 per cent of those to be sacked were from the host communities, even as 98 per cent of the permanent staff of the company were not from Niger Delta.
While advising Chevron to ensure the sustenance of the prevailing peace in the Niger Delta by acceding to the demands of KOMBOT, it asserted that the company’s negative attitude towards employment of Niger Deltans, especially Ijaw, had generated crisis in the region in the past.