Daily Trust (Abuja)

8 October 2010

Nigeria: Standstill At Chevron as Women Protest

Lagos — For the second day running, business activities at the Chevron Nigeria Limited headquarters in Lagos were paralysed due to the protest of Ilaje Women in Ondo State.

The aggrieved women who again stormed the premises of the multinational oil company in the early hours of yesterday demanded for a better treatment from the company, including employment of their indigenes, good roads, potable water etc. The women also vowed to take this protest to the latter in order to ensure that their demands are met. The development forced the staff of the multinational oil company in Lagos to stay off work yesterday.

A staff of the company, who claimed anonymity, told our correspondent that he did not come to work yesterday as they were told to stay off by the management. Zonal chairman of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria,PENGASSAN,Reverend Folorunso Oginni told our correspondent on phone that the fear of the women's protest degenerating into crisis made the management of the company to order that they should stay off duty pending when the issue is resolved. He explained that the issue has nothing to do with workers conditions or problem therein.

But the company's General Manager, Government and Public Affairs Femi Odumabo, said the issue of the protesting women has been resolved.It has become history, he added.

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