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NEWS UPDATE: How TOTAL sacked me while battling brain surgery, disability – Ex-staff, Ozobeme

NEWS UPDATE: How TOTAL sacked me while battling brain surgery, disability – Ex-staff, Ozobeme

Oghenero Ozobeme, a sacked staff of TOTAL E&P has cried out over the alleged handling meted to her by the company after she had brain surgery.

Ozobeme who hails from Orogun, Delta Province, disclosed that the trip and medical handling was funded by her spouse.

In an SOS to the media, Ozobeme recalled that on Apr 30, 2020, amid the COVID-19 lockdown, TOTAL communicated that her services were no longer required.

She said the sack letter of the alphabet was dispatched after the direction of the oil giant got a subpoena to seem and prove in judicature.

“The termination letter of the alphabet was delivered to me at home on the 29th of Apr 2020 during the COVID-19 restrictions.

“It came from the Managing Manager. Infact, the line manager had assigned tasks to me on the same daytime as I worked from home”, she said.

Ozobeme narrated how her human relationship with TOTAL turned sour after a wrong medical diagnosis.

Years agone, after lost periods and negative pregnancy, she was sent for a pregnancy examine and abdominal scan instead of a hormonal assay examine.

The scan revealed polycystic growths on her ovaries, a status erroneously diagnosed as an loney ovarian cyst.

Ozobeme required hormonal drug handling but was negligently position through multiple avoidable surgeries that sliced her ovaries.

Fearing she could lose them, she privately sought farther medical assistance abroad. In Canada, she was diagnosed with a pituitary brain tumour, with impending brain surgery.

“Before the surgery, I had to undergo a complex surgery to preserve and reconstruct at to the lowest degree one of my ovaries. I informed TOTAL of my medical absence spell literally on my decease bed.

“The response I got was shocking and dehumanizing. I was asked to certify my anticipated recovery date. TOTAL threatened me with termination.

“I was kicked out of the payroll with no wellness or sickness benefits. I had to cutting small my trip where I was undergoing brain surgery handling to homecoming to Nigeria to resume work.”

Ozobeme regretted that her example was allegedly mismanaged at St. Nicholas Infirmary in Lagos, for nearly a yr, “till an MRI scan revealed an associated tumour bleed”.

The citizens said before the sack in 2020, TOTAL orchestrated a smear drive, intimidation and desperate cover-up to humiliate and quiet her.

It was at that time she sought legal redress, an activity that drew the attending of the leadership of Crude and Natural Gas Senior Staff Organization of Nigeria (PENGASSAN).

“PENGASSAN tried to dissuade me from filing a suit. When they failed, they joined the smear drive to vilify me,” Ozobeme bemoaned.

The spouse, Charles Ozobeme, said the yoke have accepted their fate as Oghenero would not be able to give childbirth once again.

“We went through the trauma of open-head surgery with huge fatality risks that has left her a victim of permanent hormonal derangement.

“She can no longer drive because she suffers permanent visual impairment. Our greatest hurting is that TOTAL, rather than empathize, engaged in intimidation.”

Reacting, TOTAL, through its Lawyers TEMPLARS, said the allegations cast the subject of 2 lawsuits currently before the National Industrial Tribunal of Nigeria.

“These matters are not only live and pending before the judicature but also the claimant has proceeded with the trial and closed her example in one of these matters.”

The law firm added that whatever comment on Ozobeme’s example would be sub judice and “contemptuous of the authorisation of the judicature”.

St. Nicholas Infirmary said the matter had been reported to the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) and presented before a judicature.

“This example is at present sub judice, prohibiting us from whatever farther give-and-take on the example exterior the judicature of law”, the direction explained.

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