ExxonMobil has operations disrupted by protests in Akwa Ibom

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Some angry youths from Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom on Wednesday disrupted operations in ExxonMobil over the sacking of some contract staff who are natives of the area, The Nation reports.

The protesters, numbering over 1,000, barricaded all entry points to the company demanding that the sacked 48 contract staff should be reinstated and also lamenting that the MOU signed by the host communities, ExxonMobil and the state government had not been implemented for 25 years.

The angry workers, under the aegis of Amalgamation of Ibeno Youth Presidents’ Forum, Ulok Ulok people Assembly and Ijaw Youth Council, Ibeno, also decried alleged marginalisation of the host communities by the company.