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Workers Protests Mass Sack of 860 Nigerians by ExxonMobil, Drop Coffin Outside Company’s Gate

Valentine Chinyem

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Workers union and staff of Oil and Gas giant ExxonMobil have shut down operation at the firm’s Lagos headquarters over the unjust sacking of 860 spy police without entitlement.

The sacked workers who are all Nigerians were said to have worked for the company for over 22 years and we laid-off without regards for the rule of law.

Mr Rasak Obe, the Chairman of ExxonMobil Branch of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that they embarked on the protest to express the disaffection of the workers with the management.

He said, they are surprised over the sack of the security personnel who have faifthfully served the company for years and therefore urged the management to immediately reinstate them and pay all their entitlements.
Continuing Obe added that the 16 employees purportedly sacked in Dec. 2016 in a similar fashion, should be called back.

Further more, he called on the company to immediately sack and repatriate over 20 expatriate in the security department, he said the company engaged and kept them in its employ against the extant Nigerian laws and security directives.

While citing the situation as unfortunate, he said the Supreme Court of Nigeria had already corrected the situation with its April 20, 2018 judgment of 508 personnel.

“This underscored the scale of error in company’s assessment of the reality after the Supreme Court judgment.

“There are tens more who by the judgment are active employees of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited.

“To say the least, this wholesale sack unambiguously conveys management’s disdain for the highest court of the country and mocks its ruling on subject.

Obe described the sack of the Nigerians and replacing them with expatriates by the Company as discriminately, owing to the fact that Nigerians have successfully performed on the job over the decades.

He said expatriate security personnel, many of whom were ex-service men, were currently engaged in the security department against the directives of National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) and the Nigerian Defence Ministry.

“The cost of keeping one of the over 20 expatriate security personnel in Nigeria would pay one hundred of the Nigerian security personnel currently being repressed.

“This impunity has been raised with HR and Law since February 2018, but the company continues to ignore our advice.

Mr Ogechukwu Udeagha, the Manager, Media and Communications of ExxonMobil confirmed the protest.

“Following the recent judgment of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Mobil Producing Nigeria would provide compensation packages for affected personnel.

“And it is offering Human Resource, consulting services to assist with employment opportunities with third parties.

“MPN typically retains security services through third parties who are best positioned to provide these core competencies.

“We thank these individuals for their prior service in supporting the safety and security of our operations in Nigeria,” Mr Udeagha said.

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