Business Elites in Tompolo's Hometown Threaten To Shut Down Chevron Operation


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Elites from Egbema and Gbaramatu Kingdoms, the hometown of ex-militant leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo, in Delta State, have threatened to shut down the operations of Chevron Nigeria Limited in the area if it fails to convert its graduate operator/maintenance trainees into permanent workers within 48 hours.

The group, under the aegis of KOMBOT-Egbema and Gbaramatu Graduates Association, said they took the decision following the failure of Chevron to convert them into full members of staff after completing their 18-month graduate training programme with the oil giant.

President and Secretary, Mr. Yabrade Moses and Asoki Victor Warebi, in a statement on Monday, said the graduates lamented that after the completion of their programme they were still being retained as trainees when they ought to have been converted into permanent workers in line with the terms of the programme.

The statement read in part, “We, the undersigned for and on behalf of KOMBOT-Egbema & Gbaramatu Graduates Association, wish to emphatically state that Chevron Nigeria Limited should within 48 hours confirm the VTP5/OTP2, VTP6 Operator/Maintenance Trainees of Chevron Nigeria Limited as permanent workers or face a mass action that might cripple their operations in Egbema and Gbaramatu kingdom which are host to the CNL.

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“The trainees are since overdue for conversion to permanent workers after 18 months of training, rather they are still being retained as trainees on the job as a means of cheap labour, for the past four years, which is totally unacceptable to us.

“The trainees should be regularised as soon as possible to avoid the inevitable danger awaiting Chevron Nigeria Limited due to the company’s management nonchalant attitude towards the reclassification of the trainees as members of staff, the non-intake of the 2014 awaiting batch and other crucial employment issues.”

It noted that the leadership of Egbema and Gbaramatu Kingdoms had written several letters and met with the management of the company on the issue but Chevron was rather interested in keeping the youths for cheap labour instead of being given full employment.
 
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