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Snubbing of Nigerian fitters by FG, oil giants, our major challenge- Comrade Ambaiowei

…Elects new executives for Delta state chapter

Like in other indigenous professional bodies, the Nigerian Fitters Association has accused the Federal Government of snubbing the indigenous fitters in preference to their foreign counterparts.

Comrade Ambaiowei Abaye Ambaiowei, the National Chairman of the association stated this recently in a  chat with newsmen as part of the programme lined up for the delegate conference of the association in Warri, Delta state.

Ambaiowei also used the opportunity to identify some other challenges confronting the association.

He alleged that the operators of the nation’s up, mid and downstream sector of the oil industry prefer engaging foreigners in the execution of capital projects, that Nigerian fitters are capable of doing.

In his words, “We are capable of reviving the ailing oil and gas industry. Our refineries are down and we are not involved in the turnaround maintenance, (TAM). The Federal Government is talking about unemployment yet they are depriving those that are willing and eager to work the opportunity to do so.

On the reason for their gathering, Comr. Ambaiowei, disclosed that the delegate conference was held to elect executives of the Delta State Chapter of the association that pilot the affairs of the association for the next four years.

Continuing, the Chairman praised members of the association in Delta State for the peaceful conduct of their elections.

In a related development, the National Secretary of the association, Comrade Morrister Idibra who spoke to the press shortly after the results of the elections were announced, congratulated the newly elected executive members of the association and urged them to work for the common interest of members of the association. 

The event which was graced by the executives of sister unions and other labour leaders in the country, had the swearing of the newly elected executives of the association by the National Chairman of the association, as its high point. 

With this   peaceful election, Delta State chapter now has the following as its new executives; Comrade Samuel Tuoyo (Chairman), Godbless Iyarhe (Vice Chairman), Comrade Roland Idehen (Secretary).

Others includes; Abiodun Salami (Asst. Sec.), Balogun Samson (treasurer), Churchill Tuedon (Provost), Oghenekaro Mike (Financial Sect.) and Larry Imoh (PRO).

By Loveth Ojogun

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