By Jimitota Onoyume
WARRI—Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, has accused Chevron Nigeria limited, CNL, of allegedly shortchanging its host communities in the region in its employment programmes, noting that they were being discriminated against.
President Ijaw Youth Council, Mr. Eric Omare spoke to Vanguard yesterday in Warri, Delta State, accusing the oil giant of reserving low cadre jobs for youths of the company’s host communities in the region while choice positions were allegedly given to relatives of top management staff of the company.
His words: “Chevron adopts two sets of employment policies for their workers: one for the host communities, another is for those from outside the host communities and family members of its top management staff.
“Those from host communities are employed as technicians, whereas those from outside the host communities are employed as engineers.
“Only last year, an aptitude test was done for those from outside the host communities in Abuja, where several engineers were employed, but host communities were left out.
“The implication of this discriminatory employment policy is that though the community technicians are the ones doing the actual works in the field with requisite qualification, they cannot grow or be promoted on the employ-ment to the level of the engineers employed from outside host communities.”