Recruitment of 50 Operators: Chevron contradicted itself, NAIG fights back

The National Association of Itsekiri Graduates, NAIG has slammed oil and gas major, Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, saying the


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Recruitment of 50 Operators: Chevron contradicted itself, NAIG fights back

The National Association of Itsekiri Graduates, NAIG has slammed oil and gas major, Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, saying the company contradicted itself in attempt to justify its alleged recruitment of 50 Plant Operators.

In a statement signed by President of NAIG, Collins Edema and Dede Tsuwa on behalf of the association’s publicity committee, the Itsekiri graduates’ body asserted that Chevron’s claim that its employment is based on merit with special attention and effort to sponsor eligible trainees for the operations and maintenance vocational training profession is aimed at developing the skills/capacities of the trainees for better competitiveness “contradicts her (CNL) local community content strategy guidelines, which states in LCC 3.1.2 that the company “aims to engage and will require its contractors and vendors to engage skilled manpower from local communities to support the execution of all projects if and when available in the communities subject to technical competence”.

While stating that Chevron’s response to her earlier stance on the recruitment of the Plant Operators “is not only shameful, but a dent on the public image of Chevron”, NAIG opined that the company’s spokesperson “deliberately avoided the issue of 50 Operators employed by Chevron without the knowledge of the host communities to even participate in the recruitment process”.

The statement queried Chevron’s claim of being an equal opportunities’ employer “when opportunities are not given to the Itsekiris in departments such as legal, operations, human resources, administrative and engineering”.

NAIG demanded that Chevron “should immediately employ the percentage accrued to the Itsekiri of the 50 Operators secretly employed and convert both the VTP5/0TP2 and VTP6 trainees or issue to them their OPITO certificates with proper compensation for time wasted or else we will embark on massive action that may lead to the shutting down of all Chevron operations in Itsekiri land”.

 


Josephine Ojevwe Ughweri
Confidential Secretary/Librarian cum OIl and Gas Correspondent of Fresh Angle International Newspaper. I am a graduate of Library and Information Science, while I have undergone training in Advance Writing and Reportorial Skills.
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