EXCLUSIVE: How A French Oil Company ‘Prime Atlantic Cegelec’ Is Enslaving Nigerians
Information gathered at about 9am yesterday indicated that the Nigerian workers employed by French company Prime Atlantic Cegelec Nig LTD embarked on a peaceful protest as a result of unresolved issues which has lingered for over a year.
Prime Atlantic Cegelec Nig LTD is an international company in charge of the maintenance contract at the Total’s platform (OML 138 USAN FPSO) and have been in charge for over a year but the company has constantly cheated and enslaved the Nigerian workers even though the workers has made sure the plant keeps running.
Correspondence from USAN this morning gathered that the major reason for the protest is a legal national issue which is the unionization of the workers and for the company to recognize the union. The (NUPENG) National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers of Nigeria and the Federal ministry of labour and productivity has been in constant touch with the company but the company has kept on rejecting a meeting with the Union and refer to their workers as GHOST WORKERS and FACELESS PEOPLE.
The (CSR) Company Site Rep of Prime Atlantic Cegelec also threatened that all the workers have been sacked without benefits and unremorsefully insulted the workers, union and Nigerian government.
The workers with support from the NUPENG have embarked on and are currently on the protest at the platform and have pleaded with the company to meet with the NUPENG and settle the pending issues amicably but the company managed by M.D “Ayo Otulayo” and French project manager “Phillipe Chappadellain” refused to heed to their plea but instead threatened to sack all the workers through the CSR.
This is not the first time foreign companies have been heard enslaving and disrespecting Nigerian workers which is against national laws. The workers hope that the issue gets resolved soon and production gets back to the platform (USAN OML 138) and they also plead to all concern parties as regards Nigerian oil and gas workers and also the Federal Government to come in quickly to assist in resolving the issue before it gets out of hand.
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