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BBC Monitoring Service: Nigeria: Oil workers blame government for frequent abductions in Niger Delta

BBC Monitoring Service – United Kingdom; Mar 11, 2006
Nigeria: Oil workers blame government for frequent abductions in Niger Delta
Text of report by Nigerian Rhythm FM radio from Rivers State
Pengassan [Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria] and Nupeng [National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers] have condemned the abduction of nine foreign oil workers at the Shell oil field in Delta State.
A statement signed by Pengassan President, Peter Esele and his Nupeng counterpart said the act would only worsen the situation in the Niger Delta. The group noted that no protest would automatically change an area bedevilled by injustices witnessed in the region. They, however blamed the federal government for its poor attitude towards job creation and youth employment as well as lack of development programmes in the area, which led to youth restiveness.
In a related development, Pengassan and Nupeng have accused the federal government of complicity in the recurring hostage crises in the Niger Delta region. The two main unions in the oil and gas sectors said the federal government has succeeded in institutionalizing hostage taking given its insincerity.
Source: Rhythm FM, Port Harcourt, in English 0600 gmt

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