Workers in Nigerian oil Industry have accused Oilserv Company Ltd operating Oben Community in Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State, of breaching the local content laws. The law among others provide for a framework towards indigenous content in the Nigerian oil and gas industry. Yesterday, the Nigerian Welders Association (NWA), which is an affiliate
Workers in Nigerian oil Industry have accused Oilserv Company Ltd operating Oben Community in Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State, of breaching the local content laws.
The law among others provide for a framework towards indigenous content in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
Yesterday, the Nigerian Welders Association (NWA), which is an affiliate of United Labour Congress (ULC) Zone H Benin, and the Association of Filters Senior Staffs of Nigeria (FISSAN), embarked on a protest against the the inadequacies of the multinational company in implementing lawful agreements it voluntarily entered with host Community.
The protest which lasted for several hours, disrupted business activities in the locality while the entrance leading to the company was blocked with heavy trucks.
The aggrieved members of the Community who bore placards with various inscriptions which conveyed their displeasure, sang dirges, and called on concern authorities to intervene.
But, for the intervention of the Nigerian Army that bring the situation under control, our Correspondent reports that the protest would have degenerated into a free-for-all.
Addressing newsmen during the protest at the Community, the Chairman of Nigerian Welders Association, Mr. Idemudia Osagiaro, said the failure of Oilserv Company Ltd to heed their call for dialogue after several letters were written to the organization, necessitated the protest.
He decried continuous marginalization of their profession by the Company.
Osagiaro stated that the non inclusion of their services by the firm whenever the need arises negated the policies and programmes of the present administration of the federal government of Nigeria.
“We are professionals and also from this Community every job they do here is our profession. We wonder why they will bring people from other States to do our jobs”.
“This is not the first time a company will be building a gas plant in our Community.
“Oben is the Community that produces the highest quantity of gas in the Country.
“SEPLAT build a gas plant here and engaged our services with good agreement.
“We wonder why Oilserv will abandon us and go and bring people from other States to do the job we do as professionals”, he said.
Also speaking, Chairman, Filters Senior Staffs of Nigeria (FISSAN), Mr. Omoregie Sylvester, Orhionmwon Central Unit, appealed to federal, State, Local Governments and the Oba of Benin, HRM Oba Ewuare II to urgently intervene and rescue indigenes and Staff from the iron grip of the military personnel attached to the company.
Meanwhile all efforts to reached the management of Oilserv Company were unsuccessful.
But, a dependable source close to Oilserv Company Ltd operating, said the company duly take note of the issues raised by the groups and would respond approximately.