Western chiefs attack Tullow Oil

From Alfred Adams, Sekondi

President of Western Regional House of Chiefs, Awulae Attibrukusu III

MEMBERS of the Western Regional House of Chiefs have severely criticised Tullow Ghana Limited for ignoring indigenes when it to comes to employment, saying, “We need to have the list of people you have employed with your company, and where they come from to authenticate our information,” they noted.

The President of the House, Awulae Attibrukusu III, directed the management of Tullow Oil, who attended the sitting of the house, to tell the chiefs the criteria they considered in recruiting staff.

But, before the Jubille partners could answer the question, the President of the House had already blown the cover of the oil companies.

He told his colleague chiefs that Tullow was not employing the local people because of the claim that they were unskilled.

“But, it will interest you to know that even drivers and labourers are employed from Accra. Does it mean that we don’t have drivers and labourers from the Western Region? This does not mean our target is for drivers and labourers, but to tell Nananom how disturbing the situation is.”

The President of the House who ruled out the perception that indigenes in the region were not skilled to work with the oil companies added, “The situation is ridiculous, and therefore unacceptable.”

He contended that the local content meant the training of the local people to take up positions.
“I am appealing to the authorities not to allow themselves to be chased away from their offices by the angry youth, because the way things are going on, if care is not taken, it will get to a point where Nananom can no longer control the youth.”

He continued, “It looks as if the youth are getting frustrated, and you know when one gets frustrated he can do anything you will not expect him to do normally.”

On his part, the President of the Western Nzema Traditional Council, Awulae Annor Adjaye IV, blamed the oil companies for creating chaos in the region due to the unfair recruitment procedure.
He added that the employment procedure adopted by the oil companies was unfair, and did not reflect the situation on the ground.

He therefore, asked the oil companies “to go and review your employment criteria.”

The Pramount Chief for Upper Dixcove, Nana Kwesi Agyemang, who also blamed the oil companies for selective recruitment process, added, “Out of injustice, comes revolt.”
When the Human Resource Manager of Tullow, Mr. Robert Akati, attempted to explain the recruitment process of the company, he rather incurred the wrath of the chiefs.

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