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Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by Vabama: 1:37pm On Sep 18
Oghenero Ozobeme, a sacked staff of TOTAL E&P has cried out over the alleged treatment meted to her by the company after she had brain surgery.

Ozobeme who hails from Orogun, Delta State, disclosed that the trip and medical treatment was funded by her husband.

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

She said the sack letter was dispatched after the management of the oil giant got a subpoena to appear and testify in court.

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

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

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

Years ago, after missing periods and negative pregnancy, she was sent for a pregnancy test and abdominal scan instead of a hormonal assay test.


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

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

Fearing she could lose them, she privately sought further 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 save and reconstruct at least one of my ovaries. I informed TOTAL of my medical absence while literally on my death 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 health or sickness benefits. I had to cut short my trip where I was undergoing brain surgery treatment to return to Nigeria to resume work.”

Ozobeme regretted that her case was allegedly mismanaged at St. Nicholas Hospital in Lagos, for almost a year, “till an MRI scan revealed an associated tumour bleed”.

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

It was at that time she sought legal redress, an action that drew the attention of the leadership of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN).

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

The husband, Charles Ozobeme, said the couple have accepted their fate as Oghenero would not be able to give birth 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 pain is that TOTAL, rather than sympathize, engaged in intimidation.”

Reacting, TOTAL, through its Lawyers TEMPLARS, said the allegations form the subject of two lawsuits currently before the National Industrial Court of Nigeria.

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

The law firm added that any comment on Ozobeme’s case would be sub judice and “contemptuous of the authority of the court”.

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

“This case is now sub judice, prohibiting us from any further discussion on the case outside the court of law”, the management explained.

Source: https://dailypost.ng/2021/09/18/how-total-sacked-me-while-battling-brain-surgery-disability-ex-staff-ozobeme/

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Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by aanuoluwami14(f): 1:37pm On Sep 18
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Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by Goldbw122: 1:44pm On Sep 18
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Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by janedonez(m): 5:05pm On Sep 18
That's inhumane, in as much as your level of productivity was put to question, they need to pay you off.

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Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by adekanmbi1986(m): 5:05pm On Sep 18
Okay
Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by Optimistguy1969: 5:05pm On Sep 18
Do I even know what to say?

I'm just happy Man City dropped points.

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Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by bigdammyj: 5:05pm On Sep 18
Noted
Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by superior1: 5:05pm On Sep 18
Total will never try this in the west. They treat Nigerians like their leaders do

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Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by Kindness218(m): 5:06pm On Sep 18
It's well
Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by MrrGary: 5:07pm On Sep 18
I’ve seen a boss who was hospitalised as a result of a kidney failure, and needed a kidney, and then one of his workers voluntarily donated one of her’s to him...

This same boss fired the worker when it took her too long to recover while she was still in the hospital lipsrsealed

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Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by NobleSeed(m): 5:07pm On Sep 18
why will TOTAL sack you TOTALLY undecided isn't fair na.
The GOD of TOTALITY will see you through dear.

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Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by iCauseTrouble: 5:07pm On Sep 18
Sorry

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Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by datola: 5:07pm On Sep 18
It is well.
Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by bestman09(m): 5:07pm On Sep 18
angry
Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by chatinent(m): 5:07pm On Sep 18
Chai.
Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by Sonnobax15(m): 5:09pm On Sep 18
lipsrsealed
That's the worst thing that can ever happen to a man..... Sometimes it's more preferable to be self-employed to working for someone else....If at All self,when you're working for someone, please don't oveiook the idea that you should have a side hustle incase of necessity.

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Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by ThankUJesus: 5:09pm On Sep 18
May God help you, we have a foundation that is rotty.
Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by Dannyset(m): 5:09pm On Sep 18
The injustice in this country never seems to stop.

She lost her job, was intimidated, and now rendered visually impaired in a country that care less about people with disability.

Shior!

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Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by ntyce(m): 5:10pm On Sep 18
You can't sue your employer and expect to still be at work...

I can relate her but she should have let PENGASSAN handle the issues rather than go to court.

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Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by AK481(m): 5:10pm On Sep 18
Is there any qualified hospital in Nigeria?

I have always hear about St Nicholas and its always for the wrong reasons,unavoidable death or wrong diagnosis .

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Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by Xscape047: 5:10pm On Sep 18
Sorry
Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by jonagaga(m): 5:10pm On Sep 18
Hmm
Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by Commanderinpips: 5:11pm On Sep 18
It is well with you madam.

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Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by Patrioticman007(m): 5:11pm On Sep 18
MrrGary:
I’ve seen a boss who was hospitalised, and needed a kidney, and then one of his workers voluntarily donated one of her to him...

This same boss fired the worker when it took her too long to recover while she was still in the hospital lipsrsealed

What ?.
I bet your story happened in a movie, if not the victim needs a lawyer Asap, to sue for unlawful disengagement from job.
Females bosses tend to be very wicked to their employees, but I sense its inferiority complex & envy syndrome that makes do that.

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Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by MuchAdo: 5:11pm On Sep 18
Sorry
Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by dalongjnr: 5:12pm On Sep 18
Total ep are mad. The woman could have gone for 21 days sick leave with the option of extension duly signed by the proposed surgeon/hospital,same submitted by her legal counsel.

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Re: Oghenero Ozobeme: TOTAL Sacked Me While Battling Brain Surgery, Disability by bakynes(m): 5:12pm On Sep 18
janedonez:
That's inhumane, in as much as your level of productivity was put to question, they need to pay you off.
She mentioned Sack but these Multi- nationals don't sack people who are unable to work with severe medical conditions, they rather render them redundant and pay them off.

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