Niger Delta Activists Threaten To Shut Down Agip Oil
Niger Delta Militants/File

The Niger Delta Activist Forum has given a 14-day ultimatum to Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) to induct some junior production staff recruited in 2014/2015 by the company.

Concise News had gathered that the recruits were from the host communities with the group threatening that it will “commence a total and complete shut down” of Agip facilities in the oil rich region if the recruits were not inducted.

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In line with the country’s local content policy, Agip had conducted a recruitment exercise for junior production technicians where about 100 persons emerged successful from the host communities.

After the selection process, the successful candidates were booked for medical tests and subsequent placements, but the company abruptly aborted the exercise.

According to the Convener of the Niger Delta Activists Forum, Success Jack,“The 2014/2015 NAOC host communities junior production technicians recruitment exercise in line with extant industry laws is a right and not a privilege granted to the host communities.Therefore, NAOC should immediately induct and integrate the successful applicants within a fortnight.”

Jack added that the Forum went on, “Twenty one days of thorough consultations, with well over one hundred and twenty community based organizations, community leaders and youth groups in the Niger Delta, over the disregard and total disrespect of our people in the region, extant laws and institutions of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by Nigeria Agip Oil Company(NAOC).”

He said, “failure on the part of NAOC to comply with the fourteen days ultimatum given herein; we shall commence a total and complete shut down of all NAOC flow stations and oil production facilities within our communities.

“We hereby call on all Niger Delta people to boycott all NAOC products and severe dealings with this avowed enemy of our people at the end of this ultimatum; while advising that the right things be done and quickly so, to avert the inevitable extreme position that our people have been forced to assume.”