SSA To Gov. Okowa Caution Oil Companies In Forcados Terminal Over Maltreatment Of Indigenous Workers,

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**Urges Prompt Payment Of Their Outstanding Salaries

TRACKING____The Senior Special Assistant, SSA to the Governor of Delta state Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa on Political matters, Amb. Francis Boumiebi (JP) has cautioned oil companies operating in Forcados Terminal, Ogulagha and their contracting firms over the maltreatment and refusal to pay indigenous workers salaries.

He made this call via a press statement he signed in his country home at Ogulagha and a copy of which was sent to Tracknews Online

The SSA ordered the Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC, and other contracting companies to stop maltreating host community workers and indigenous contractors. He said, companies such as Hopic Nigeria limited, Baywood intercontinental limited, Wassan Nig Limited and other companies had shut their door against indigenous contractors and workers most especially in this covid-19 pandemic. Workers are been denied of their salaries since the month of April till date. While external workers are working freely and are been paid. This is the height of marginalization, ingratitude, nepotism and servitude in the world. He said.

I call on SPDC to kindly advice their contracting firms to do the needful before it will get out of control thereby disrupting the serenity and peace building process put in place by His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa, the Executive Governor of Delta State.

The Shell Petroleum Development Company should on their part, put in place Covid-19 preventive measures inline with NCDC rules to enable and allow host community workers, contractors and community leaders to go about their normal businesses vis a vis a convivial relationship with the companies operating in the Forcados Terminal and his environs.

He however, ordered the prompt payment of all outstanding salaries and other entitlements during the Covid-19 period from April till date with immediate effect.

It will amount to daylight robbery and high level of slavery if host community, indigenous workers are deprived of their rights and external workers are called upon to resume their normal duties. He added.

Meanwhile, TrackNew Online learnt that Amb. Francis Boumiebi is a prominent stakeholder of Ogulagha Kingdom who has held various leadership office and a former Senior Special Assistant, SSA to the Delta State Goverment on Community Development.

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