Allege that the Italian oil major flouts the local content act

The Niger-Delta Indigenous Movement for Radical Change (NDIMRC) has urged the Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to sanction Nigerian Agip Oil Company for allegedly “subverting” Nigeria’s Local Content Act.
The act was recently enacted by the federal government to boost local participation in the country’s oil industry.

In a statement on Tuesday, the group said the Managing Director of Agip, Ciro Pagano, was bent on frustrating the policy; adding that such urgent measure by the minister would help send a strong message to other subversive oil firms in the country.

?Two years on after President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Nigerian Content Bill into Law, Agip is still carrying on their operations as usual and not willing to carry local oil servicing companies along,” stated the group. “We want Agip Managing Director to respect President Jonathan and the local content law. Agip prefers to deal with foreign oil companies operating in the country and we know that their intention is to kill the local content.”
The group also alleged that the company has put on hold all their major projects till 2015; in order to “frustrate” Jonathan. “Agip is doing this to spite President Jonathan, who is spearheading the local content drive,” the group stated.
The statement also called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate activities of the Italian oil giant.

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