Oil firm, Total Group has been mentioned in a new controversy, as a member of the House of Representatives representing Degema/Bonny Federal Constituency, Farah Dagogo raised an alarm.
In a statement made available to newsmen by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ibrahim Lawal, Dogogo alleged that Total was planning to relocate its servicing companies from Egina Offshore Field Onne in Rivers State, to Ladol Yard in Lagos State.
While opposing the planned relocation, Dogogo warned that the move could worsen the spate of unemployment in Rivers and the Niger Delta region by extension.
The Egina Offshore Field is reputed to have the capacity to add 200,000 barrels of oil per day to Nigeria’s production.
The company had not responded to the lawmaker’s allegation at the time of filing this report.
Other concerns: Dagogo prepared a motion to be presented on the floor of the House, with the aim of compelling International Oil Companies (IOCs) as well as the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), and the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) to relocate their head offices to the states where they explore crude.
Impending threat: Should Total Nigeria move its head office situated in Rivers to Lagos as alleged, there are possibilities that loss of jobs will be in hundreds.
What you should know: Active in more than 130 countries, Total had committed its human power to the production and distribution of oil, gas, and electricity products.
The company has operated in the upstream sector of the Nigerian hydrocarbon industry for more than 50 years and has added over 3 billion barrels of oil equivalent to Nigeria’s production to date.