Akwa Ibom government condemns ill-treatment of indigenes by oil coy 

The Akwa Ibom state government has condemned in totality the alleged ill-treatment of Akwa Ibom indigenes including all the illegal activities of Sterling Global Limited, a company that operates in the coastal areas of Ikot Abasi, Mkpat Enin and Eastern Obolo.

Consequently, the state has vowed to unearth the mysteries surrounding the operations of the company in the state. 

The chairman of the Tripartite Negotiation Committee, Chief Assam Assam, SAN, spoke on behalf of the state government at the resumed meeting held at the Ministry of Labour and Manpower Planning in Uyo Tuesday.

He said Akwa Ibomites employed in the company by the management and their expatriates are being subjected to alleged inhumane treatment, noting that the state government would not sit back and watch her people humiliated by people in their own state.

Assam, the director of Government Business said, “I’m not going to stand here and get the management of Sterling Global to insult us as a state. Tell your employers that nobody can come here to treat us badly.”

He  added that for any company to operate in Akwa Ibom state, it must identify with the state as well as the host communities and the expatriates duly registered with government.

“We don’t know who is working with us and that is an exposed danger already. We need to know the list of companies working with you and  they must comply with our local content rules.

“They must be made to make investments here to enable them pay taxes, we want to know who owns the company,” he added.

Chief Assam further said that failure to provide the necessary information will necessitate that all land license will be revoked by government.

At the meeting, the management of Sterling Global, represented by David Walker who responded to salient questions raised by the chairman of the committee said Chief Assam failed to present concrete documents about the company and the document containing the condition of service for its employees and a detailed nominal roll, their tax clearance documents and other necessary documents required by the committee.

When questioned about his inability to provide the necessary documents as earlier requested, Mr Walker said he was neither authorised nor compelled by any legislation to provide such information.