Youths from Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom, have called on Exxon Mobil to relocate their operational headquarters to the state as well as employ their indigenes into managerial positions in the company.
According to them, this will end the incessant conflicts that have characterized their relationship with the company.
The youths, who made the call during a one day workshop, organized by Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (Operators of NNPC/MPN Joint Venture in conjunction with an NGO-ONE with Nigeria in Upenikang, Ibeno Local Government, called on the federal government, Exxon Mobil and the state government to attract more development projects to the area as they remained one of the core areas from where Nigeria derived its resources.
On her part, a renowned journalist and winner of the 2018 NUJ Award on Best Environmental Report (ECO Watch), Idara Enobong, while delivering a lecture on the topic: “Peace and Conflict Resolution”, urged Akwa Ibom youths to abstain from conflicts of any kind and embrace peace.
According to her, investment in peace and conflict resolution was what every development minded organization or individual should desire.
She listed the types of conflicts to include value, leadership, personality, style, ethical, relationship and ethnic conflicts. And to resolve industrial conflicts, she said both parties in the conflict must first understand the root of the problem between them.