The oil workers of the National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have shut down all operations following the Tuesday’s unbundling of the company into 7 divisions. The angry workers are said to have shut down all NNPC offices nationwide and facilities in a bid to protest the government’s move.
The strike was decided during a meeting on Tuesday, March 8, between the Group Executive Councils of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria(PENGASSAN).
According to the groups, they decided on the strike after “extensively discussing the pronouncement” and they “observed that the GMD/HMSP totally disregarded due process and failed to engage stakeholders.”
They said, “Hence, from midnight today (Tuesday, March 8), all NNPC locations will be shut down completely until further notice. Further directives will be communicated accordingly.”
The spokesperson for PENGASSAN, MR Emmanuel Ojugbana told Premium Times that, the union was not carried along in the decision to split the company.
The unbundling of NNPC was announced by Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu on Tuesday. According to him, the oil company will be split into Upstream, Downstream, Gas & Power Marketing, Refineries and Ventures, Corporate Planning & Services and Finance and Accounts, all of which will run as independent units.
Culled from Pulse