By Ochuko Akuopha
OLEH—OIL-bearing communities in the Oil Mining Lease, OML, 30, have issued a 21-day ultimatum to the management of Heritage Energy Services, to address issues of non-employment and non-award of contracts to their indigenes, failing which they will take legal action to press home their demands.
The communities, under the aegis of Forum of Communities Executives of Flow Stations, listed other of their grouses to include the failure of the company to pay the 2017 ‘Freedom to Operate’ on the Operation and Maintenance, O&M, of the flow stations; failure to release 2017 and 2018 scholarships “as well as the outstanding 2016 GMOU funds that the company inherited from NPDC.”
In a communiqué by Chairman of the forum, Mr. Wilson Kokarhaye and other Presidents General of the flow station communities, the people said the company was short-changing them and paying deaf ears to the genuine needs of the oil-producing communities in the oil block.
The communiqué, addressed to the Managing Director of Heritage Energy Services, alleged the unwillingness of the company “to give sufficient employment slots to the indigenes of host communities despite the array of qualified and experienced persons available.
“Even the few persons engaged by the company are not in the management cadre.
“Rather, the company chose to flood the place with many non-indigenes in direct disregard to the Nigerian Local Content Act.”
“And to add insult to injury, the few employed persons from the communities are poorly paid, as they are placed on a salary schedule far lower than those recruited from outside with the same qualification.”