BIRC PRESS RELEASE – The attention of the Bonny Integrated Recruitment Centre (BIRC) has been drawn to a publication made by Kristina Reports that ExxonMobil employed two drivers from Eket
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The attention of the Bonny Integrated Recruitment Centre (BIRC) has been drawn to a publication made by Kristina Reports that ExxonMobil employed two drivers from Eket disregarding those from Bonny.
Ordinarily, we wouldn’t have responded to that publication, but for the purpose of clarity, we wish to state it clear that upon receiving the information about the two drivers that were brought in by ExxonMobil from Eket, the BIRC team ably led by Mayor Ala Henry Hart and Mr Ibifuro Longjohn and his entire monitoring team on 6th of August, 2019 stormed the ExxonMobil facilities to know why such should be done without consulting the BIRC.
“ExxonMobil has violated the standard operating procedures which gives right to the BIRC to get first hand, any employment-related matters within companies on the Island and as such, we are not here to negotiate with you, but to ask that those persons (two drivers and a food hygienist) brought from wherever should be sent back and be replaced with drivers on the Island. We will not condole this and in my capacity as chairman BIRC, I am saying this should not be repeated henceforth “.
We find it quite unfortunate that this rumour is making rounds almost a month today since those persons were sent back even before we swung into action in collaboration with the monitoring team in a meeting which lasted for about 17mins (1:00 pm – 1:17 pm).
It is important to note that Dr. Bara Kabaka the public & government affairs personnel and Mr. Larry Wilcox, the security coordinator amidst other staffs who stood in for ExxonMobil appealed to the BIRC and members of the monitoring team assuring them that those who were brought from Eket has been sent back with the first flight the next morning even before the meeting was held based on calls and letters from the BIRC chairman immediately those people were brought in. Dr. Kabaka on the behalf of the company appealed to the Bonny people saying it was a decision made in a haste which has also be corrected promising that it won’t repeat itself.
Therefore, we are calling on the general public to disregard such information that those drivers brought in from Eket are still within the ExxonMobil facilities, Bonny Island. That information is untrue, baseless and inconsequential.
While we ensure that quality services will be provided to the inhabitants of our beloved Kingdom with regards to employment-related matters, please be assured of our esteem regards.