By Gab Ejuwa
Youths in Udu Local Government Area, Delta State, under the aegis of Ukoko R’ Ighele R’ Urhobo, have threatened to shut down operations of Premium Steel and Mines Limited that acquired the old Delta Steel Company, should the company fail to address issues surrounding ongoing employment in the company within 14 days.
A statement, yesterday, by Sunday Subi, President, said that the 14 days ultimatum was as a result of the disregard and neglect by PSML of the youths and host communities.
They explained in the statement that PSML no longer recognised them as host communities and had resorted to partnering non-indigenes whom they alleged sidelined their people from the mainstream of the company.
According to the statement, non-indigenes are now being fixed in strategic positions, making it look as if they were the only qualified professionals who had worked in the plant.
“Due to total disregard for local content policy, PSML should immediately meet with the leadership of Udu Traditional Council and Union of Udu Communities to discuss an operational MoU,” they said.
key positions such as CSO, Chief Engineer, HR, Company Secretary be reserved for the Urhobo; every labour contract whether skilled or unskilled should be given to Urhobos and all contractors must be paid.”
The youths called on President Muhamadu Buhari, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the Bureau of Public Enterprise, AMCON, Minister of Mines and Steel Development, the Director of Projects and other relevant authorities in Nigeria to call PSML to order in order to avoid the breakdown of law in Udu.