Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has pleaded with the federal government to stop Chevron and Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, from extending the planned sack of 18,500 workers globally to Nigeria.
NUPENG in a statement by its President, Mr Igwe Achese, expressed the union’s concern on the matter, stressing that the plan to sack a large number of workers would be detrimental to Nigeria.
Though admitting that business was not rosy, the union said sacking the oil workers would not resolve the dwindling oil prices in the international market.
“NUPENG calls on the federal government to halt the threat of loss of jobs in Nigeria by these multinational companies and wonders why Chevron and Shell should engage in the impending sack, when they have fully divested from on – shore oil fields.
“It will be morally unjustified for Chevron and Shell to retrench oil workers in Nigeria as they are carting away profits made from deep oil shores and joint venture gas projects. NUPENG condemns in its entirety the impending sack as it will not work with the current efforts of the Buhari administration to generate employment instead of job losses.
“It will amount to derailing the efforts of the government to provide jobs for Nigerians. It states that the oil giants should cut cost by employing Nigerians in positions where expatriates hold sway and are paid ten times what our people are getting.
NUPENG warns that it may be forced to embark on industrial action if the federal government, through the regulatory agency, NNPC fails to stop Chevron and Shell from sending oil workers in Nigeria to the unemployment market.”
Nigerian Pilot Saturday notes that crude oil now sells at $28 per barrel and there are fears that it could further drop to between $20 and $25 per barrel.

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