Sanzule (W/R), Aug.
30, GNA – Disgruntled workers of Desimone Limited, Eni Sanzule Site project on
Monday demonstrated against the authorities of the company for wrongfully
laying off 25 workers before the end of their seven-month contract.
The workers clad in
red bands, blocked the road leading to the site and offices of the project with
logs of coconut trees and car tyres and carried placard which read “DAVIDE FABIO
MUST GO”, DESIMONE MUST GO, “ITALIAN MAFIA-NO MORE SPACE FOR YOU.”
They claimed that
the leadership of the company had breached their side of the contract they had
entered into with the traditional leaders of the Sanzule community in the
Ellembelle District of the Western Region.
Mr Michael Morkeh,
Local Union Chairman, who is also affected by the redundancy, told the GNA
that, “Desimone has deceived us as the local workforce. Desimone has
disrespected the authorities of Sanzule, Ellembelle and the entire nation”.
He said five months
into the seven months contract, which was the first phase, management of the
company issued letters of termination of the contract to 25 of the workers,
which he described as worrying and disappointing.
He said the workers
have appealed to the Petroleum Minister and Member of Parliament for the area,
Mr Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, GNPC and all stakeholders of the project to
operating in the oil and gas sector has a three year contract in the area to
generate gas from the Cape Three Point. With the first phase being the
construction of offices and other infrastructure.