Indigenous contractors working for the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), the Bush and Pipeline Clearing Contractors, and their employees are set to occupy headquarters of the multinational oil company over nonpayment of the contractors since June 2016.
It was gathered that some contractors that have not signed their usual two years contract agreement with oil firm have paid up to December 2016 in what is seen by indigenous stakeholders as a selective treatment by NAOC.
A source, who did not want to be named for fear of the ongoing victimisation of some local contractors told newsmen they have finalised plans to picket the AGIP headquarters in Port Harcourt to protest the development today, Tuesday.
The contractors are about storming the AGIP headquarters along side their workers to demand for their money at the time of this report.
The local contractors are converging near the oil firm’s gate for the protest. The
families of the workers and those of the contractors now groan over their inability to pay their bills as a result of the development.
According to the source, the terms of payment in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) NAOC signed with the indigenous contractors stated that payment was to be effected 60 days after submission of invoice (request for payment) by the contractors.
Our findings indicate that NAOC is not keeping the terms of the MoU leading to the protest.
“We reside around the creeks; please, don’t be doing what will make you call us bad names.
“Hunger can cause a man to do the unexpected”, one of the employees warned.