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Bonny Youths Protest Against NLNG

Youths from Bonny Kingdom in Rivers State on Monday staged a protest against the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Company for allegedly failing to carry out its corporate social responsibility, especially in the area of employment.

The youths, who marched to the NLNG facility in Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State, said they had not benefitted anything from the firm since 1996.

The leader of the protesters, who identified himself as Ezekiel Hart, said, “Few months ago, we got a hint that the NLNG was employing 81 graduate trainees. We thought it was a joke; so, we tried to make enquiries. Later, we got the fact that the 81 slots were already filled.

“We wrote to NLNG management to find out why the company would embark on such a project without carrying along the Bonny indigenes who are graduates. But the company did not listen to our concern.

“This morning, our youths came out in their numbers to protest the injustice. We are saying that as host community we deserve the right to have some slots.”

When contacted, the NLNG Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr Tony Okonedo, told our correspondent in a telephone interview that stakeholders were already working towards resolving the matter.

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