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Again Ijaw Youth Threaten To Disrupt Chevron Operation Over Sack Worker

Angry Ijaw youths have again threatened to disrupt operations of Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) in Delta state over the alleged unwarranted sack of its worker.

Daily Times learnt that Comrade Okeoghene Timmy Okirika alongside two others were relieve of their post by Chevron about two years ago in a manner that had sparked wide protests in Ijaw communities.

Estranged youths under the auspices of graduates of Egbema and Gbaramatu Kingdoms in Warri North and Warri South-West Local Government Area of the state said they would disrupt Chevron operations over the issue.

The group said that Chevron have been adamant toward the reinstatement of the sacked worker despite the pressure on them to do so.

The group claimed that Chevron have refused to heed the decision of National Assembly and Ministry of Labour which waded into the matter to reinstate the dismissed employee.

In a statement by KOMBOT’s Chairman, Comrades Yabrade Moses and Secretary, Asoki Victor, the group claimed that Chevron have refused all peaceful avenues to resolving the problem which had lingered on.

The group expressed surprised that “Chevron bluntly refused to reinstate him (Comrade Okirika Timmy Okeoghene) and pay him all his entitlements as ordered by the National Assembly and Ministry of Labour after a fair hearing that Chevron participated in”.

The group lamented that instead of massively employing graduates and enhancing the well-being of graduates from the host communities, Chevron is busy sacking the few in its employ.

“We are writing to inform you that since the peaceful approaches were not appreciated, then we are embarking on a stringent protest to express our grievances”.

The aggrieved youths therefore issued a 7-day ultimatum to management of Chevron Worldwide to reinstate the sack worker, failure to which they threaten to disrupt its operations.

“We are giving Chevron management 7-days to urgently reinstate our son Comrade Okirika Timmy Okeoghene and consider other demands in our earlier letters written to Chevron so as to avert the impending disruption of the company operations in our domain. Of course, Chevron knows the implication of the protest if it is carried out”, it warns.

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