The Rivers State Youth Leaders Coalition (RSYLC) on Saturday expressed shock over the sacking of 495 workers of ExxoMobil Producing Nigeria Limited.
The group also criticised the laying-off about 170 casual staff of the Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic (KENPOLY), Bori.
Comrade Yamaabana Legborsi
Acting Chairman, Rivers State Youth Coalition/President-General, Ogoni Youth Federation described the development as the height of insensitivity.
He said that whereas the whole world is providing palliative, economic stimulus and protecting workers right, a government institution and a multi-national oil company are decimating jobs and deliberately infusing hardship on the people.
“We expected corporate bodies to help in minimizing and mitigating the negative impact of COVID-19 on their workers at this trying time and not to betray and turn back on them just because of profit.
” Consequently, Rivers State Youth Leaders gives 7-days Altimatum to ExxonMobil and Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic to re-instate the sacked workers.
“Failure to adhere to the above, we shall be left with no option than to mobilize Rivers State Youths and embark on a mass peaceful protest in solidarity with the affected workers”.