Oil workers and Labour unions under the guise of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), have called off their strike with immediate effect.
The workers had earlier announced yesterday that they are going on strike and shutting down the operations of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) after the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu had announced that the NNPC will be unbundled and restructured into four units.
Kachikwu’s Technical Assistant on New Media, Ogechi Nnodim, confirmed that the workers have called off their strike.
“Please be informed that the unions have shelved their strike,” she said.
“They took the decision after a long meeting with the Minister.
“The meeting ended just after 4:30am and had in attendance unions that had kicked against the unbundling.
“We believe that with this development, the queues will end.”
Dr. Ibe Kachikwu had announced days back that NNPC will split into four units, with what he termed, a lean headquarters.
The units are: Upstream Company, Downstream Company, Refinery Company and Gas/ Power Company.
Kachikwu assured that the restructuring exercise will not lead to job cuts within the NNPC.
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