-By Michael J. Ekokoruwe:
The president general of Oleh community, Chief comr. Believe Alakri says, the ongoing protest by Oleh community over the marginalization of employment slots by Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited management, will continue until the demand raised by the community are meet.
Alakri made the statement while speaking to journalists at Oleh, Isoko South local government area of Delta State, as the protest by Oleh community women continued the second day.
He stated that, Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited, manager Cluster 5 of OML 30, must have cordial relationship with Oleh community to enable them operate, noting that the protest is a fight that will benefit the entire community.
Alakri stated that, “until the company responds to all the demand in a concise dialogue, Oleh community will continue the protest, adding that phone response to unknown individuals is not the solution”.
He maintained that Oleh community will wait for the management of the oil company for dialogue, emphasizing that, everything to sustain the protest is readily available.
While reacting to insinuation that Mr. Clement Uzi, has been reinstated by the contractor, Gran – Abiams catering department, the president general said, Oleh community is not aware, stressing that all the demand must be resolved through dailouge without sentiment.
Alakri said, the Odiologbo of Oleh Kingdom is aware of the protest and not happy with the development, adding that the ‘Freedom to Operate’ contract by the catering department in the GMou is yet to be signed by Oleh community.
He posited out that, “Heritage must go, if Oleh community demands are not met “, emphasizing that dialogue is the way out with Oleh people or at the local government council.
He restated that the employment slots hijacked by the management of Heritage Oil Firm must be released , just as he decried intervention job ricketing, adding that indegenous contractors gets menial work, while major work goes to contractors from other ethnic nationality.
Also speaking, the women leader of Oleh community, Mrs. Juliana Itewor, expressed the frustration of the women, noting that no Oleh woman is employed as staff of the company.
She stated that, the women will remain at the logistics base of the oil company, no matter how long, until the company responds to their demand.