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Jobless Kuwaiti petroleum engineers seeking jobs in oil sector stage sit-in

‘Some are waiting since 3-4 years for work in oil sector’

Some of the jobless engineers at the sit-in

KUWAIT CITY, March 25: A number of newly graduated petroleum engineers held a sit-in Sunday at the Erada Square demanding that they be employed in the oil sector as per their specialty since some of them have been waiting for the job for four years.

At the same time they appealed to the concerned parties to solve their problem, reports Al-Anba daily. They added the problem of unemployment is a disaster that results in psychological and social problems for them.

They suggested the establishment of an academy managed by a former retired employee in the oil sector to train graduate engineers. The training period should be one or two years or 6 months. Engineer Fahd Al-Randi told the daily, “A few of us seeking jobs have been waiting since 3 years and others for 4 years. There must be an immediate appointment for the petroleum engineers in Kuwait.” He added 174 oil engineers are affected because of non-employment.

He added: “We want to be appointed as oil engineers not in ministries which are not our specialty. Our right place is in the oil sector, and called on everyone to support these graduates to solve this problem.” One oil engineer said, “This sit-in as a result of the absence of a real solution to the problem of employment, noting that unemployment is a disaster for young people and represents a destruction of their future.”

In the same context, Salem Al- Hajri said the sit-in coincided with the meeting of the Budget Committee of the National Assembly and that their aim of the sit-in was to convey a message. He said many solutions exist and said the engineers hope the sit-ins will have a positive impact. He said: “The unions tried hard to support us in solving this problem, but we are counting on professional associations such as the Association of Engineers, which we hope to be interested in solving our problem.”

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