ExxonMobil targets 1,500 jobs for Niger Delta youths

May 02, 2005 02:00 AM

In a bid to increase local content in the oil and gas sector and reduce the high rate of unemployment among youths in the oil producing areas of the country, about 1,500 job slots are up for grabs in the execution of the Erha Production Project (OPL 209) of Esso Exploration Production Nigeria, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil.
Already an indigenous labour supply services firm has been contracted to recruit quality manpower to work on the offshore platform currently being constructed. Officials of Oyinkuro Nigeria, the labour supply services firm involved in the proposed project, said recruitment exercise was still on and appealed to unemployed community youths across the Niger Delta to exercise patience as more job opportunities would be opened as soon s the project kicks off.

Managing Director of Oyinkuro Nigeria, Mr Alfred Meslore acknowledged that there has been some delays in the commencement of the project but gave assurance that all those slated to work with the firm on the project would be engaged as soon as possible.
"There was an expected date for the completion of the platforms where workers ought to have resumed duties. Based on that, we gave resumption date to our workers which did not materialize and that was one of the mistakes we did, though it was not deliberate on our side. The gas project got delayed due to non-completion of the production platforms, which is being handled by some technical companies, and work is in advanced stage of completion," Meslore explained.

Apparently responding to series of petitions lodged with security agencies and community leaders against the company, Meslore said that there was no truth in the allegations that Oyinkuro was involved in an employment contract scam.
He disclosed that due to the delays in the commencement of the project some persons had become apprehensive over the employment contracts already signed with them resulting in the petitions and threats to the management of his company.

"Since there is delay in the completion of the platforms, expectedly, some candidates could no longer be patient, which was not a surprise because of the human factor and money involvement.”
"Management therefore though it wise to refund processing fees to applicants who felt they cannot longer wait. As at today, we have refunded over 600,000 naira to such applicants," Meslore added.

Source: This Day
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