Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Ebocha New Base Landlords in Mbebede community, Obba/Egbema/Ndoni Local government area of Rivers State yesterday threatened to shut down Nigerian Agip Company located in the area over inability of the company to consider members of the community for employment.
The landlords in a press briefing in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, said since 1980 when the agreement was signed between the community and the NAOC the company is yet to develop the area and consider their sons and daughters as staff of the company.
Speaking on behalf of the landlords, the youth chairman of the Landlords Association in the area, Prince Onyx Ijeoma, said the community has made several peaceful steps to draw the attention of the company to come to their aid but all efforts prove abortive.
IJeoma said the community has also went to the extent of petitioning the commissioner of police, Rivers State government and the National House of Assembly where they were invited but the NAOC refused to honour the invitation.
He said since the company has refused to respect all the peaceful avenues to implement their demands “they will take a radical option by mobilizing the youths, women of the area in shutting down the operation of NAOC.”
He called on the Rivers State government, the senate and privilege individuals to call the company to order before the situation will get out of hand.
Prince Ijeoma said: “Since 1980 when the community first signed an agreement with the company no member of the community has been employed as the staff of the NAOC. We have all the names of the staff and where they are posted and how they were being employed.
“It is the management staff of the company that shares the employment allocations that was meant for the community. We are going to shut down their operation. They neglected the community and neglected the people. We have written to the senate, Police and the Rivers State government over our plight but nothing happened.”
When contacted the Public Relation Manager Dr. Mpi he could not picks his calls but a text massage detailing the issue was forwarded to his phone and copied to the phone of his Group Managing Director (GMD) before the press time.