Ijaw youths have urged the management of Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NAOC, to adopt the local content act as applied in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria to avoid victimization of the host communities.
In a memorandum to the managing director of the oil firm at the weekend, the Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, berated the company for its overbearing lopsided appointments and promotions which made one ethnic group in Nigeria to dominate others.
In the letter titled ‘Systematic Decimation of Niger Deltans in NAOC and the Need to Put an End to it,’ the group said it had been inundated with petitions on ethnic profiling, work victimization, and annihilation of Niger Delta indigenes working in the company.
Signed by the Deputy National President of the council, Saviour Olali, the letter warned that it would be in the best interest of the company to adopt the local content policy of the Nigerian government so that indigenes of the host communities of Agip and indeed, the Niger Delta people, could benefit from the system.
The council specifically accused the Human Resources Manager, Mrs. Callista Agozu, of perpetuating the dominance of her Igbo ethnic stock, describing it as legendary.
It alleged among others the willful denial of employment opportunities and contract jobs to indigenes of the host communities, deliberate and marked annihilation of Niger Deltans working in NOAC, and stunted growth in their place of work, as well as being subjected to inhuman treatment and victimization.
“These are inconsonant with universal principles that guarantee community development and the enhancement of individual ability to rise to the pinnacle of his or her career.
“Multinationals and their subsidiaries operating in the region have always observed more in breach, the laws of the land governing their operations. NAOC is one of such companies operating in the region that has not kept faith with the people of the Niger Delta. The company has always acted at variance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of the region,” the letter reads in part.
The Ijaw youths called on the management of NAOC to recalibrate its unfavorable policies to the people of the region and create an atmosphere of trust and confidence between the host communities and company.
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