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Delta communities give NPDC 7 days to meet demands

UGHELLI—HOST communities of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, in the Kokori/Orogun oil field, Ethiope East and Ughelli North Local Government Areas, Delta State, have issued a seven-day ultimatum to NPDC to rescind its alleged decision to slash salaries of indigenes handling the surveillance and weeding of grass at the 12 well heads and pipelines in the areas or risk the withdrawal of their services from the company’s facilities in their domains. The communities, Erhobaro, Etavwobakai, Etewhia and Obaro-Uku, in a letter to the Managing Director of the company, rejected the alleged slashing of salaries of the communities’ indigenes involved in the jobs. A letter by Chairman, Erhobaro Community, Mr. Power Oghre and chairmen of the other communities, “We want to state categorically that since Alhaji Abubakar Dahiru, who is saddled with the responsibility of Community Relations Development, CRD, has decided to turn down or ignore our request in spite of all our pleas, we are left with no other option than to boycott your company and withdraw the assistance, peace and tranquility your company enjoys from these communities if your company refuses to comply with the seven days ultimatum. You will recall that the aforementioned communities, in August this year, wrote your management a reminder of our previous letter dated November 24, 2015. “We recommended to you, Johnbriss Global Investment Limited of 10 Agbaide/Ughelli Road, Agbarha –Otor, as the sole contractor for the four communities of Erhobaro, Etavwobakai, Etewhia and Obaro-Uku, who are hosts to your facilities at Kokori/Krogun field to handle the surveillance and weeding of grass at the entire 12 well heads and the 20.302km of oil pipelines. We equally drew the attention of your management to corrupt practices perpetrated by Integrated Pipeline Surveillance Services, IPSS by slashing/reducing the salaries of our people working in the said pipeline which we unanimously condemned. “We are writing this letter for the avoidance of doubt that we the aforementioned communities have resolved not to do anything with IPSS because its management has continuously shortchanged our communities by slashing our money from N50, 000.00 to N35, 000.00 every month and while other communities are receiving their end of year contract bonus, free incidence bonus and other allowance and entitlements our communities are left out unattended to. Rising from the recent meeting of the four communities we unanimously resolved that Johnbriss Global Investment Limited should mediate between the communities involved and NPDC as a contractor.”

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