Tension is building up in the Niger Delta as ConOil management has allegedly refused booking for crew change of its workers onboard its offshore platforms involving both the company’s servicing contractors staff at Ango field, Auntie Julie, Mr. P and other locations in Bayelsa and Ondo states over prolonged stay onboard and lack of adequate welfare among others.
The workers expressed dismay over the alleged disdain treatment meted on them onboard, noting that what ConOil is interested in is the crude oil production and not the health of personnel onboard, hence they do not care about their overstay in their platforms.
Our source revealed that one Mr. Daibo, the safety officer and Mr. Dare who is in charge of booking of chopper are allegedly not doing their job properly as well as the ConOil management which has resulted to them staying longer onboard for up to 60 days which according to them looks like modern day slavery of workers in the sector.
The workers are appealing to the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, multinational oil and gas company giant, Chevron, to come to their aid in order to grant them freedom from what they describe as modern day slavery by ConOil.
He added that the company has deprived then from joining any union, they are urging the relevant regulation agencies such as NNPC, Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, Chevron and others to prevail on ConOil to do the needful in order to avert looming crisis in the Oil and Gas industry in the Niger Delta.