Graduates of tertiary institutions from Egbema and Gbaramatu kingdoms in Warri North and Warri South-West Local Government Areas of Delta State, Wednesday, gave Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, a seven-day ultimatum to provide them means of livelihood.
They threatened to disrupt the operations of the company if, before the expiration of the ultimatum, the firm still refuses to change its hard stance towards unemployed Ijaw graduates from the two kingdoms.
In a petition to the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, dated September 12, signed by its chairman, Mr. Ojusin Innoncent and two others, the former students under the auspices of KOMBOT Employment Front, said Chevron had grossly marginalised Ijaw graduates from Egbema and Gbaramatu kingdoms in the area of employment.
They said they attended different interviews by the company for employment, but were not considered, whereas their counterparts from the South-West and South-East were recruited.
The graduates, therefore, demanded the employment of 39 Egbema-Gbaramatu applicants, who, they claimed, were successful in the Ogere training programme and interview for the Project Operating Team, POT, for the Escravos-Gas-to-Liquid, EGTL Project.
KOMBOT also called for the reinstatement of Ijaw indigenes that were sacked by Chevron in February 2011, saying they would not vacillate to carry out their threat if the company joked with the warning.