Prince Omubo Aaron of the Sara Royal House of Kula, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers, has appreciated BelemaOil Producing Ltd (BPL)for its youths employment policy.
He told NAN that the youth of Foin-ama, Belema and Ngeje communities in Kula were comfortable with BelmaOil’s policy on youths engagement.
He lamented that other multinational oil companies operating in the area had treated the youth with disdain on issues of employment and empowerment.
“But BelmaOil has changed the narratives that our youths are not employable because they have trained and are still training them in different skills that other oil companies had said were unemployable.
“BelemaOil has massively employed the unemployed graduates from the host communities and also engaged all the unemployable youths that it has trained,” he said.
Aaron said BelmaOil’s engagement of youths and developmental drive in Kula Kingdom was unprecedented since oil exploration and exploitation began in the area.
“In terms of youths employment and empowerment, no oil company operating in Kula territory can claim to have done one quarter of what BPL has done in less than five years.
“Other companies are using divide and rule policy to cause disaffection and disunity among our traditional rulers, leaders, women and youths, that results to crisis,” he said.
According to him, it is the commitment of BelemaOil to its host communities that has led to the OML-25 saga and “Shell Must Go” agitation in the area.
“The Rivers Government should not blame the people of Kula over their insistence that BelemaOil Producing Ltd has the operatorship licence of OML-25, a Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) facility in the area.
“SPDC’s failure to employ youths and develop the host communities in the past 40 years led to the shutdown of OML-25 and the avoidable agitation that followed.
“BelmaOil’s performance in its less than five years take-over of Chevron Nigeria Ltd facilities in the area compared to SPDC’s impact for over 40 years led to the “Shell Must Go” agitation,” he claimed.
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