‘Oil firms evacuating workers’

*Armed Niger Delta militants.

*Armed Niger Delta militants.

11 May 2016, Lagos — Oil producers have commenced evacuating workers from the Niger Delta because of deteriorating security situation in Nigeria’s most important oil-producing region, organised labour has said.

Chairman of Rivers State chapter of Trade Union Congress, TUC, Mr. Chika Onuegbu, who disclosed this yesterday, said evacuation of workers was done in areas the militants attacked, saying operations were ongoing in safer areas.

Onuegbu, also former Chairman of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, said: “The companies whose facilities had been attacked have evacuated staff in some areas.

“Managements and unions are on the alert and monitoring security and other developments in the areas.

“They have cut off crude supplies to Warri, Port Harcourt and Kaduna refineries. There is also the attack on Chevron Valve Platform in Abiteye; very sophisticated attacks.”

However, none of the spokespersons for the international oil companies, IOCs, when contacted, responded to Vanguard calls, text messages and electronic mails sent to them, including Shell and Chevron, except ExxonMobil, who simply said: “No comments.”
*Victor Ahiuma-Young – Vanguard

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