Un­em­ployed youths threaten to shut down oil fa­cil­i­ties

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Li­nus Ef­fiong, Umuahia

Over 200 un­em­ployed grad­u­ates from the oil rich Owaza com­mu­nity in Uk­waWest Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Abia State have threat­ened to ob­struct fur­ther ex­plo­ration of crude oil in the com­mu­nity if the six oil com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing in the area do not im­ple­ment agree­ment reached with them.

The grad­u­ates

un­em­ployed un­der the aus­pices of Owaza Grad­u­ates As­so­ci­a­tion (OGA) in a state­ment signed by their pres­i­dent, Obioma Asonye and sec­re­tary, Ish­mael Nwuju, said there was a need for the com­pa­nies to em­ploy peo­ple from the area.

They lamented that for over 58 years of oil ex­plo­ration in the area, in­di­genes have been de­nied em­ploy­ment. They al­leged that even when they are em­ployed, it is only on ca­sual ba­sis.

They main­tained

that they are not af­ter roy­alty for land ac­qui­si­tion.

The youths also de­manded that all oil com­pa­nies work­ing in Owaza land must make pro­vi­sion for in­dus­trial train­ing for stu­dents.

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