Peter Olaniyi |
The oil production at the 220, 000 barrels per day Agbami oilfield and operations at other assets of Chevron in Nigeria are under a serious threat as labour unions in the oil and gas sector directed their members in Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) to ground the company’s operations into a total halt.
The unions were enraged over the sack of 1000 being the 25 per cent of Nigerian employees and other alleged anti-Labour practices by the management of the company.
In Nigeria, the firm operates under a joint-venture arrangement with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for the onshore and offshore assets in the Niger Delta region.
Rising under the auspices of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) and the Petroelum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), the unions gave the directive in a joint statement sent to our correspondent on Sunday
The statement signed by NUPENG’S President, Mr Williams Akporeha, and the President, PENGASSAN, Mr Festus Osifo, read: “We have directed our members in Chevron to withdraw their services.
“We also call on the Federal Government to call Chevron Management to order, otherwise we can no longer guarantee industrial peace in the oil and gas sector.
“Here is our fatherland and we have a labour law that regulates the activities of organisations in Nigeria; this law cannot be breached; We must follow the process.”
“This development runs contrary to Nigeria’s laws regulating the Oil and Gas industry as it does not protect our national interest.
Earlier in a statement, Chevron’s General Manager Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Esimaje Brikinn, said the welfare and safety of its workforce was one of its highest priorities.
Brikinn said: “Making changes to the organisation is never easy for anyone that will be impacted, but it is to improve our ability to remain competitive in Nigeria.
“Reducing the cost and improving the efficiency of our operations are critical to generating more revenues for the Federal Government of Nigeria,” he said.
It also has a non-operated interest in the Usan Field.
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