An organisation known as Ogoni Youth Development Initiatives (OYDI) has insisted on the review of the employment policies of companies operating in Ogoni land.
President of the organisation, Comrade Saviour Oscar Imeabe, who spoke with The Tide in an interview in Port Harcourt at the weekend said the deliberate isolation of some communities and local government areas, in Ogoni by the companies’ employment policies was capable of causing crisis in the area.
He noted that the prospecting companies seem to be only attracted to the natural endowment and strategic location of Ogoni, without developing the area, adding that the best way of creating a good community relation is for the companies to give employment to the people, particularly the youth.
He accused the multinationals and corporation organisations in Ogoni such as, Indorama (Eleme Petro-chemicals), Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC), Notori, among several others of neglecting the Ogoni youths in terms of employment.
“Ogoni play host to two terminals, (Federal Ocean/Lighter) Terminals, Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority, yet it has the highest unemployment index in the state, this is a disservice to the Ogoni people who have only given their more to receive their less”.
He pointed out that the various companies have severally turned down the overtures of the body on how to streamline more inclusive employment policies to cater for the yearning employment needs of Ogoni youths.
He said the body would be left with no option than to mobilise its mass base to protest the “skewed” employment policies of these companies.
The youth leader also called on the federal government and the state government to as a matter of policy make it mandatory for companies operating in Ogoni to give certain portages of their employment opportunities to Ogoni youths. This he said will help in addressing the issues of boredom and inactivity which mostly result in anti social activities among the youths.
He also flayed the recent dissolution of the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) by the federal government which was targeted as the sack of an Ogoni son, whose tenure was still subsisting. This particular action, he noted shows that the federal government was not committed to the development of Ogoni.