Pages Group International, PGI, has warned the management of Sterling Oil Exploration and Energy Production Company Limited, SEEPCO, against giving casual jobs that can be undertaken by indigenes of its host communities to Indians.
The President-General of the group, Comrade Chukwuma Chukwuma, while addressing journalist on Tuesday, accused the management of treating indigenes unfairly by paying peanuts to them, Vanguard News reported.
“bringing in their Indian brothers to do casual works, treat them like expatriate and pay them very well while our people that are casual workers are being paid peanuts.
“They should send back their Indian brothers. They have been operating here for over 10 years and our pleas in the last three years for the company to employ our indigenes of Umusadege-Ogbe community as direct staff have fallen into deaf ears.”
According to the report, the President-General of the group further accused SEEPCO of “adopting a divide and rule tactic in its dealings with the communities”, while also refusing to “sign and implement a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU with the Umusadege-Ogbe community since 2015”.
“Since they came here, they have done nothing for our people. They have abandoned the 1.5-kilometer Alma-Ossai and Utu-Obiofu roads which they promised to construct since 2015.
“What we are saying is that they should treat the host communities well. They should send their Indian brothers back home so that our people can do those jobs that they are capable of doing.”