The Niger Delta Indigenous Movement for Radical Change (NDIMRC) has accused Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) of violating expatriate quota and threatened a total showdown with the Italian company in the days ahead.
In a statement signed by its President, Nelly Emma; Secretary, John Sailor and Public Relations Officer, Mukoro Stanley, NDIMRC accused the Chairman and Managing Director of Agip, Mr. Ciro Pagano, of short-changing Nigerians working in the company.
While imploring President Goodluck Jonathan to prevail on the company to give Nigerians a better deal, the group said it was in possession of documents that could nail the top management of the company.
NDIMRC condemned what it called a situation where major positions in the company are in the hands of foreigners to the detriment of Nigerians and vowed to stage protest at all the installations/offices of the company.
The group alleged that Nigerians working in Agip were being treated like slaves and denied choice managerial positions in their land, threatening to disrupt the activities of the company unless something urgent was done.
“Our investigations have shown that Nigerians are not well treated in Agip; they are being denied of occupying key positions in the company. For instance; the General Manager (Finance) is an Italian; the General Manager (Upstream Business) Italian; the General Manager (Gas Business) Italian; the General Manager (Commercial) Italian; the General Manager (District) Italian and General Manager (Projects) Italian. Our findings revealed that only the positions of General Manager (Legal), General Manager (Public Affairs), General Manager Nigerian Content Development (NCD) and General Manager (Human Resources) are being held by Nigerians and we think this is not good enough for the Nigerian Local Content and people of the oil-rich Niger Delta region. We are of the strong view that Nigerians ought to be given the positions of the General Manager (Projects); General Manager (Gas Business); General Manager (Finance) and General Manager (Upstream Business),” the group said.
“The maltreatment and short-changing of Nigerians by management of the company is of great concern to us and must stop. It is clear that the Vice Chairman/Managing Director of the company, Mr. C. Pagan, who we will not hesitate to expose his dirty deal to the pubic do not want our people to hold key positions in the company; but we are not going to accept this broad day robbery of our people. It is not the same story at the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) and so why must the case of Agip be a different one? We are blaming the Vice Chairman/Managing Director of the company and the General Manager, Projects (Mr. Nicolo) for this pathetic development in the company that has reduced our people to ‘mere messengers’,” the group wrote.
NDIMRC insisted that Nigerians should hold key positions in Agip unless the company would like to face protest in all the locations of the company, including its offices across the country.
Information from This Day was used in this report.