By Davies Iheamnachor
PORT HARCOURT— Niger Delta Youth Movement, NDYM, in Rivers State, has threatened to shut down the activities of an oil firm, Total E and P Nigeria Limited, in its oil-rich environment if the management of the company fails to recall the over 46 indigenous workers it allegedly sacked.
NDYM said it was ready to close down the operations of the multinational oil company in Egi Kingdom, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State if the sacked workers were not recalled.
The group, weekend in Port Harcourt, while expressing worry over the level of suffering which the families of the disengaged staff of the company were facing, described the attitude of the company as disrespectful and demeaning to the host communities and the Niger Delta youths.
Leader of the group, Mr Major Ekene, said they had followed the case of the sacked 46 workers closely, stressing that the strategy employed by the management of Total E&P Nigeria Limited in handling the matter was pretentious.
Ekene noted that rather than throw people out of jobs, what was required in Egiland was the employment of as many youths as possible to curb the rising tide of criminality and insecurity in the area.
He said: “The youths have exhausted all avenues known to us to call the oil company to order but Total E&P’s management has remained adamant.
“We demand the immediate recall of the 46 sacked workers, the full payment of their wages for the period in view, and the immediate conversion of all community contract staff to permanent staff or we are going to close down the company in three days time.”