The Federal Government has shut down the diving operations of Scorpion Oil Services in Lagos for contravening operation guidelines.
The onboard MV African Installer offshore company was said to have been operating without the requisite approvals of the government.
The Director of Factories of the Federation in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Lauretta Adogu, said that the shut down had become necessary as they had also violated the provisions of the Factories (Diving at Work) Regulations, 2018.
She said that the monitoring exercise was aimed at ensuring full compliance with Nigeria’s Factories (Diving at Work) Regulations, 2018.
According to her, the diving operations being carried out by the contractor, Scorpion Oil Services, posed huge threats to the divers.
Adogu, through a statement signed by the Head, Press and Public Relations in the ministry, Olajide Oshundun also said that an on-the-spot assessment also revealed that the company was using inappropriate equipment and unqualified personnel.
Adogu disclosed that Scorpion Oil Services also disregarded the Local Content law, with the operations wholly dominated by foreigners.
“The operators did not comply with the Factories (Diving at Work) Regulations, 2018.
“The Regulations stipulate that before any diving operation commences within the Nigerian territorial waters, there must be an authorisation approval issued by the Director of Factories of the Federation.
“Additionally, the Local Content law says Nigerians should be considered first for such operations, but the operators did not meet that requirement, as the place was filled with expatriates,’’ she said.
She further said that diving operations must get authorisation approval before commencement, and that the company has not requested for any approval and does not have one.