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Rivers LG Boss Tasks Multinational On Youths Employment

Posted: Jul 6, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Daniel Abia Port Harcourt

The Chairman of Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State, Hon. Omuso Abbey has urged the multinational oil companies (MNOCs) operating in the area to employ more youths of the area, given their role as host community of the MNOCs

Abbey said this during a meeting he held with the Bonny Integrated Recruitment Centre (BIRC), and Pivot Nigeria Limited at the Local Government Council Secretariat, Bonny.

He said his administration was resolved to be directly involved in issues bordering on employment, pointing out that given the vast opportunities on the island there was no reason why the youths of the area should not be gainfully employed.

He demanded that companies operating on the island furnished the Council with their employee database and the criteria used in compiling such database, explaining that this would help the Council and the BIRC to know the number of indigenes and non-indigenes in their employ.

“Our youths must gain employment. We cannot be in water and soap will be entering our eyes. We will see their database, and tell them how it should be as much as they want to continue operating on this Island,” the Council boss said, adding that generating employment for the people of the area, especially the youths will remain a priority of his administration.

Also speaking, the BIRC Chairman, Wari-Opusenibo Rogers Allison, expressed appreciation to the LGA Chairman for his concern towards ensuring that every Bonny man and woman of employable age was gainfully employed. He acknowledged the efforts the local government chairman had made within a few weeks he had been in office and how he had ensured the welfare of the people.

Allison, however, regretted that companies operating on the island had boycotted the normal process of employment by not working closely with the BIRC, noting that while the agency recruited from the pool of qualified indigenes and non-indigenes as vacancies become available, members of staff of the companies cut corners and filled the vacancies as they deemed fit.

He lamented that the development had sent a bad signal to the entire youth body even as it threatened the relative peace in the community.

“I have reported this issue to the Chiefs Council as well as the Police because in no distant time, the youths I know will protest, thinking we have sold these supposed available chances not knowing that the reverse is the case. We have not been briefed about it; we are being taken for granted,” Allison said.

He dismissed the notion that there were no qualified Bonny indigenes to fill certain positions in the companies, stating that the said recruitment requirements was being used to deliberately frustrate the indigenes.

He said, “we can categorically tell you today that we have qualified youths as Bonny today is populated by educated youths.”

In his speech, the Community Liaison Officer (CLO) of PIVOT Nigeria Limited, Mr. Charles Tolofari, debunked the allegations against his company, describing them untrue and unfair. He said his company had made conscious efforts towards ensuring stability in the system. He said that out of 131 staff of the company 292 were Bonny indigenes.

In another development, the Council chairman said he was poised to improve the economy of Bonny community as the new Bonny Main Market along Berger Road would be expanded to accommodate more traders.

He reassured the traders that his administration was committed to ensuring adequate security for the market, noting that the deadline for relocation to the market to the permanent site remained July 7.