Piqued by the unbundling of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), oil workers have shut down operations nationwide until further notice.
Rising from its meeting on Tuesday, the Group Executive Councils of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), resolved to shut down the corporation’s operations.
The Councils announced that the executive reached the agreement after “extensively discussing the pronouncement”, observing that the GMD/HMSP totally disregarded due process and failed to engage stakeholders.
“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 councils noted further that the unbundling process was not transparent.
The Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, had on Tuesday announced the federal government’s decision to unbundle the NNPC into eight units, each headed by a Chief Executive Officer
The new units include those for Upstream, Downstream, Gas and Power, Refineries, Ventures, Corporate Planning and Services, and Finance and Accounts.