OPC threatens to seize NNPC depot over unpaid security contract

Gun-toting OPC militant marching through a Lagos street in a show of force.

Gun-toting OPC militant marching through a Lagos street in a show of force.

13 July 2015, Lagos – Over 1,000 workers of the New Age Global Security & Surveillance, whose services were dispensed with a month ago by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation NNPC, may embark on a peaceful protest any moment from now.

Majority of the workers, who are drawn from the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), are planning to embark on the protest to agitate for the payment of the security contract job given to their employer, but which was terminated three months after.

The spokesperson of the group, Mr. Lateef Lawal, in a telephone interview told Daily Times that the non-payment of the contract money to their employer had led to them being owed for three months now.

According Lawal, the workers will trek from Lagos to the NNPC Depot at Mosimi, Sagamu anytime from now to block the entrance into the depot and prevent lifting of fuel and other products to filling stations across the South West until their employer is paid so that they can receive their salaries.

Lawal, who doubles as the Vice President of OPC, said that the planned protest would be peaceful, querying: “Why should NNPC refuse to pay the contract money of a duly processed and signed contract?” He added: “They should settle our employer so that our staff that have been deployed to the pipeline since March this year will be paid”.

Lateef recalled that while the surveillance job lasted, the company lost one of its members from Ogun State who was burnt to dead while pursuing pipeline vandals in Sagamu.
*Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo – Daily Times

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