Nigeria oil workers shut down state oil company, NNPC, over unbundling

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Angry oil workers have shut down all offices and facilities of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, in protest of Tuesday’s splitting of the state oil company by the federal government.

There are fears of fresh fuel scarcity as a result of the protest.

The government had announced the unbundling of the NNPC into seven independent units.

Two major unions in the oil and gas sector had on Friday rejected the planned splitting.

The spokesperson for the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, Emmanuel Ojugbana, had said that the union was not carried along in the decision to split the company.

Similarly, the president of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Igwe Achese, had said union would not accept the decision without knowing how the manpower that would operate in the 30 companies would be managed.

On Tuesday, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, announced the unbundling of the oil company into seven independent units, namely Upstream, Downstream, Gas & Power Marketing, Refineries and Ventures, Corporate Planning & Services and Finance and Accounts.

Each of the units would be headed by chief executive officers, namely Bello Rabiu for Upstream; Henry Ikem-Onih (Downstream); Saudu Mohammed (Gas & Power Marketing); Anibor Kragha (Refineries), while Babatunde Adeniran would be in charge of Ventures.

The chief executive officer in charge of Finance & Services would be Isiaka Abdulrazaq, while the Executive Head, Corporate Services will be Isa Inuwa.

On the workers’ fears, the minister said the exercise has a “zero sum in terms of job loss”.

“The principle of restructuring approved by the President is that nobody losses work,” he said. “I do not have the mandate of the president to create a job loss situation, but to try to ensure that everyone gets busy, unless for reasons of bad staff performance and fraud. There is no mass attempt to let people go.”

He said the decision to embark on the restructuring followed an analysis of the number of staff, which revealed that the corporation was over-staffed, and therefore the need for them to be meaningfully engaged.

The only way to realize that objective, the minister said, was to create jobs for everybody in the system to him enable have something doing.

“We don’t want people coming to the office to read newspapers. We want everybody to get busy and earn money. If we do that we will realise that there would be adequate staff to man the different units, and that we don’t really have the problem of over-staff after all,” he said.


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  • Omole

    The Corrupt Elements in NNPC called ‘Union Leaders’ do not want any meaningful changes in NNPC! They are the Evils Bedeviling our National Petroleum Resources. Divine Justices shall catch up with U all together with your SPONSORS, God willing.

    • John

      Amen….

    • peaceometer

      Amin

    • Folabey

      Amen

  • Ade Omowest

    Dr. Ibe Kachikwu said and I quote. “The principle of restructuring approved by the President is that nobody
    losses work, I do not have the mandate of the president to
    create a job loss situation, but to try to ensure that everyone gets
    busy, unless for reasons of bad staff performance and fraud. There is no
    mass attempt to let people go.” Why the brouhaha by the workers?

    • Ochlab

      I really don’t understand except to say they have been part of the dying system that has put Nigeria down over the years.

    • Olusegun Adekoya

      The brouhaha by the workers is that you do not carry out such restructuring without consultation with affected parties and their unions. The issue here is that even though the restructuring is a welcome development, we need to learn how to do things the right way in this country.
      Apart from the union stance on this matter, the legislative arm of government is also crying foul because they believe such tampering with the NNPC should be carried out via the amendment of the NNPC Act and not unitarily action of the executive arm of government.
      We shall see where all these ends but the fact right now is that the masses is about to suffer another round of fuel scarcity and poor power.

      • Folahan

        The workers ought to have resumed office and waited for proper communication from management before embarking on strike. The management has the right to take decisions and then communicate to the workers what their plans are and how it affects them. Please lets leave sentiments aside, this is what happens in all companies around the world even here in nigeria, especially in the banks and telcos. The union dont have the right to embark on any strike without giving prior notice of strike to the employer. So what the unions are doing is illegal.

      • Ade Omowest

        You should realize that NNPC as an entity remains intact, what the government did is internal restructuring and readjustment of the departmental functions without total abrogation of the mother company (NNPC). The workers have nothing to fear as the goverment has promised to retain them with out prejudice.

      • peaceometer

        Who owns NNPC? who owns staff, who pay staff and what again

        • BankyMons

          The workers are stakeholders – do away with military mentality. Some have spent their whole lives working for NNPC. They deserve to be treated with dignity and consulted! This is how is done in developed countries that you guys like to copy.

  • Yusuf

    What do these guys really want?

  • Olusegun Adekoya

    The issue here is about doing things the right way and following due process. Ideally, the government need to have carried the workers union along whilst the plan for restructuring was underway. Instead, like other Nigerians they read about it last week from the pages of newspaper.
    I totally support the need for plan to restructure NNPC as it is a big drain on our revenue BUT lets follow due process and not open the government to long and unwinnable court cases..

    • muazu wali

      Since when has an employee began to tell an employer how to run his business. That era has gone. This government does not need the unions. The people are with Buhari and his programmes.

    • Dr Quack

      So in essence what you are saying is if you have a company, your staff must be informed before you restructure your company? Where is it stipulated in their contract, that the company will always consult them before doing any even if it is a minor restructure? Were these unions also established via the same Act used in establishing NNPC, and if they were, is their job to “check mate” the NNPC management?

      Honestly I can’t understand how Nigerians think sometimes. Where a boss and employer, is made to consult his employees before restructuring for profit. And to make matters worse, the employer has allayed fears that no job losses will come as a result.

      This is irritating to say the least. But what I am happy the most about, is that PMB bends for no one, as long as he is convinced its for the best of the country as a whole and not some few individuals. He would sack the whole staff of less than 5000, if it will profit the over 170million ppl. Sai Baba

    • Fadama

      Mate, not every Strategic Change requires employees to be consulted or any nonsense due process. There aren’t any right or wrong styles when leading strategic change. The key here is the type of change necessary for the intended programmes to be achieved. Please, go and read more on the types of change: Adaptation, Evolution, Reconstruction (or turnaround), and Revolution. The type of change we need to unbound the existing culture of the NNPC and make it responsive to competitive pressures ain’t a due process business.

  • Truthism

    Economic sabotage. Arrest all strikers. They have been paid to strike by oilluters.

  • Ike Masha

    Very ill informed Union Leaders. There has been no indication(s) of retrenchment of staff, reduction(s) in pay, cessation
    of or cuts in welfare benefits as currently enjoyed by staff. In what ways have would staff be adversely affected by the reorganisation? On what grounds therefore, are the Leadership of the two Unions calling members out on strike. If the Unions members were any the wiser they would be QUESTIONING the highly suspicious intentions of their Unions leadership.
    Check properly, Igwe Achese as the Leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and that of
    the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, have been benefiting from a very corrupt NNPC.
    They know that with this change the party is effectively over individually.
    Enemies of positive change. The EFCC should check out these Unions and their leaders.

    • Folahan

      This is becoming very annoying, How can they go on strike over an issue that doesnt affect their salaries or employment. The Management have the right to reorganize the company for efficiency. These Union morons are over reacting and are trying to create unnecessary fuel scarcity and issues for nothing

      • Truth_Rocket

        Don’t mind them, they think it’s business as usual. It’s corruption trying to fight back, but I tell you darkness will never overcome light. Time shall tell!

  • Folahan

    The workers ought to have resumed office and waited for proper communication from management before embarking on strike. The management has the right to take decisions and then communicate to the workers what their plans are and how it affects them. Please lets leave sentiments aside, this is what happens in all companies around the world even here in nigeria, especially in the banks and telcos. The union dont have the right to embark on any strike without giving prior notice of strike to the employer. So what the unions are doing is illegal. we cant continue to do things as if we dont have laws. Nobody has been sacked and the minister even mentioned that nobody is going to be sacked. So the union dont have any reason to be striking without notice. These NNPC workers have been earning unimaginable salaries for years and have restricted employment to only themselves, we have kept queit for long and its becoming too much.

    • growthengine

      Sack all the striking workers. So as stakeholders, they shouldn’t have been carried along in the planned action. Keying stakeholders is very critical in project management.

      • emmanuel

        That is how far your Foolani sense can take you!

      • Folahan

        The workers are not being sacked. Neither is their salary being affected. What is the issue in re-organising an organisation that is neck deep in debt and keeps on producing losses in the billions of naira.

    • muazu wali

      I fully agree. The unions cannot act on a decision but on actions which threatens or goes contrary to their ppointments. Nigerian workers are just spoilt brats.

  • Oil Man 2016

    Editor Premium Times,

    IBE KACHIKWU must be either dull or ignorant

    NNPC should remain under lock and key
    until Ibe Kachikwu shows he can reason properly by calling
    for a meeting to discuss the alterative implications of newly created
    INDEPENDENT DIVISIONS OF NNPC on existing contracts; in particular
    the implications on the workers’ accrued and vested benefits.

    IBE KACHIKWU must be either be dull or ignorant or both.
    Contracts of service are bilateral and binding. They can’t be altered or
    canceled or varied at President Muhammadu Buhari’s whim without the
    consent of the workers.

    It is almost illiterate of Ibe Kachikwu to alter the contours of
    the NNPC workers’ terms of service, unilaterally by diktat, and imposing
    independent divisions into the contract. That’s nonsense. Anyone who’s gone to
    school and learnt a thing or two wouldn’t do that. And so, the workers’ union –
    PENGASSAN- is 100% correct on point of law and common sense.

    • BankyMons

      Absolutely. Unfortunately many Nigerians though might have gone through schools and Universities are still uninformed and uneducated.

    • muazu wali

      You are more gnorant than Ibe. Have you the agreement between workers and NNPC? Have their terms of employment been infringed. Typical of Nigerians skills of spreading rumour and lies. What a responsible union leadership will do is to meet the NNPC management now that the announcement had been made for details of how the new structure will work. They can help to negotiate good deals for its members.

  • Dr Quack

    So in essence what these guys are saying is if they had their companies, their staff must be informed before they restructure their companies? Where is it stipulated in their contract, that the company will always consult them before doing any even if it is a minor restructure? Were these unions also established via the same Act used in establishing NNPC, and if there were, is their job to “check mate” the NNPC management?

    Honestly I can’t understand how Nigerians think sometimes. Where a boss and employer, is made to consult his employees before restructuring for profit. And to make matters worse, the employer has allayed fears that no job losses will come as a result.

    This is irritating to say the least. But what I am happy the most about, is that PMB bends for no one, as long as he is convinced its for the best of the country as a whole and not some few individuals. He would sack the whole staff of less than 5000, if it will profit the over 170million ppl. Sai Baba

    • e_orpheus

      I don’t understand it myself. I had previously commented elsewhere and am only just reading that there will be no job losses, but the idea is to ensure every soul in the corporation’s employ gets their hands busy and works for their take home. And the response is to down tools and lock up offices. It’s really annoying.

      • BankyMons

        It simply idiocy to comment on something you have no full grasp on such as the issue of NNPC.

        • e_orpheus

          When you have something to contribute to the discourse you can do that at will. Save your bleating for a session at the watering hole.

  • BankyMons

    I found that people commenting here have no IDEA what is going on. For a start, what does the ‘unbundling’ of the NNPC do for the common man or woman on the streets of Nigeria? The devil is in the details. Let me inform you what you do not know – Buhari is unbundling the NNPC for the neo-liberals and neo-cons in the US, UK and the EU who foisted him on Nigerians. They are waiting like the vultures to descend and buy up every single item from the NNPC and we Nigerians WILL pay global prices for NNPC products! Have asked yourselves why the naira is like Zimbabwe’s dollar just few months after Buhari took over? It is because the financial hawks and vultures from these countries have sustained attack on the naira so as to make sure that by time they are to buy up every item Nigeria – it will cost them almost nothing in their currency to acquire whatever they want to buy in Nigeria. Why is it that we are so lazy in Nigeria – we can read or study to make informed and unbiased comments? Buhari is going to put the final nail on the coffin of Nigeria – remember that you read here first. The Western economic hit man is already on Nigeria’s case. If you would like to educate yourself a little more, you can search for this beautiful piece on the internet ”Nigeria’s Economic Crunch: how to reverse the neo-liberal induced crisis? Massive looting of the nation’s wealth by Global Financial Actors”

    • Ade Omowest

      This your Pseudo-communist perception of serious economic issue is no more of consequence. Your erroneous believe that un-bundling of NNPC is to create an avenue to buy off the corporation does not hold water as China did this to Petro-China and ARAMCO of KSA also undergone restructuring without selling off the commonwealth to the so called imperialists or ‘neo-liberals and neo-cons’ using your expression.

      • BankyMons

        Come back when you receive your PhD in Financial Economics from LSE and we can have a debate.

        • Ade Omowest

          I do not need any ‘bull-shit’ PhD to comment on any topic of public interest. The last time we had a PhD holder in Aso Rock was the worst period Nigeria has gone through in this present democratic dispensation as the man performance was woeful.

          • BankyMons

            You shouldn’t be commenting on here you moron.

          • leby

            Pls guys lets stop this insults and abusive statements at each other, and rather think of how to move Forward. We are all involved or will be affected in one way or the other.

          • BankyMons

            Yes you are right but sometimes someone need to tell these political party shills to just shut up.

          • Ade Omowest

            Your intellectual laziness has turned you to an empty barrel that is incapable of critical thinking apart from abusing people here and there. You need to grow up and start using your common sense.

          • BankyMons

            That’s the most ridiculous thing I would hear anyone say to me! Jog along – I have no more words for you.

          • Onike24

            He doesn’t have a doctorate, unless of course he got it from the man who sold Jonathan his own.

        • Fadama

          Then argue like one with a PhD in Economics. Don’t make a mockery of your certificate.

          • BankyMons

            A PhD is not a certificate – it is a degree.

          • abu saleh

            what do you call the document you received as evidence of studies (if indeed you have received/earned any). guy, just go to school, its really important, you will learn a few things there. your write-up betrays a lot. go to school…. even if na poly

          • BankyMons

            I give up – you won’t receive any comments from me again.

          • Fadama

            You are a full blown Ode! Your intention is to correct but you have further succeeded in elaborating on your folly. Next time, do not throw up correction when there is none is to make

          • BankyMons

            I teach morons like you – so I know exactly where to place you.

          • Fadama

            You are a disgrace to the teaching profession. For a ‘so called teacher’ to refer to students as morons goes against the very ethics of that esteemed profession. Once again, stop exposing your folly.

          • BankyMons

            Yes because I have to put you to your rightful place! You think that you are invincible when you are commenting on the internet – so someone has to put you down for good. I am not a ‘so-called teacher’ but I know just how to handle people with your kind of attitude. Plus there are plenty of you on Nigeria blogsphere and I think the time has come to deal with your menace once and for all.

          • Fadama

            You are just an over bloated scallywag with very little or nothing upstairs. You think by coming here to say you have a PhD we shall all cower away. Listen, you can’t teach me. Not in this life. I have a PhD in Economic Development (which I completed in 2.5 years) and hold a PG Cert in higher education. I lecture students across all levels at the University; I have many publications in Internationally rated journals; I have contributed to book chapters; I supervise PhD students; I am a reviewer in lots of ABS ranked journals; I have presented research papers in different countries; I have been in a consultancy team for 3 EU countries on International Trade; I am a visiting lecturer in 2 countries (Nigeria one of them). You ain’t fit to be a teacher for referring to students as morons. Quit that profession before you do harm.

          • BankyMons

            You don’t sound like an academic – never! Or are you in London Met by any chance? You completed PhD 2.5 years ago and are supervising PhD students already – poor things I feel so sorry for them! And where did you read that I have PhD? I won’t give you any information about myself. What is the name of the ABS journal that you review? I need to know so I can put a complain straight away – I don’t think I cannot unmask you.

          • Fadama

            You make me laugh. I believe you can read. I wrote: I completed my PhD in 2.5 years and not 2.5 years ago. Ode! Keep fo0ling yourself

          • BankyMons

            Seriously I need answers to my questions in the previous post. We need to fish you out and throw you to the streets where you belong.

          • Fadama

            OK, keep waiting for the answers whilst I continue in my usual productive activities. Olodo!

          • BankyMons

            I know that comment was plagiarised by you! I must locate where you lifted it from as it is completely out of sync with your previous posts. This is my job, I will catch you out trust me on this.

          • muazu wali

            Bunkaymun Yes a degree but represented by a certificate.

          • BankyMons

            “A degree is same as a certificate, a degree is represented by a certificate”. Pick one and stop fo0ling yourselves. I am not letting the cat out of the bag – you guys are so so shallow and yet are all falling over yourselves to provide an answer you haven’t got a clue about.

          • Onike24

            LSE does not offer a doctorate in financial economics, it offers one in finance and one in economics. Said Business school has a masters in financial economics as does City University which has now joined the collegiate system of University of London. Please don’t believe the obvious lies he is telling! I can assure you that anyone who has a degree from LSE does not reason the way @bankymons does!

    • e_orpheus

      Are you that hard of understanding? What part of increased effectiveness and efficiency did you not get from the Minister’s words. Instead you go off with talk about “financial hawks, vultures, Zimbabwe, US, EU”!

      • BankyMons

        That is because I am not as simple minded as you and not easily taken in by ‘choice’ words used by speech writers to confuse simpletons like you!

        • e_orpheus

          Typisk.
          You either get lost in the haystack of conspiracy theories or attempt to apply ethereal connotations to simple and straightforward issues like the unbundling one before us.
          Listen to Thoreau.. Simplify, simplify, simplify!

    • Truth_Rocket

      Pls stop misleading and misinforming the already ill-informed Nigerians on how exchange rate works. How can a country that imports almost everything it consumes have a strong currency? How can a country as huge as Nigeria with such a high population runs an Economy that is dependent on a singular product for its foreign earnings, meanwhile the product is in low demand with consequent low price? Where do you intend to get the FX from, from the moon? Where were you when the past govt squandered almost all the money in our ‘safety net’ that would have been available at times like this? These oil guys are the most selfish people I have ever known in all my life starting from Tanker drivers; they have never supported any reform in that sector as long as it does not go in their favor. Stop spreading falsehood on this platform. Go learn the basics of how things play out in the economy so that people are not misinformed.

      • BankyMons

        How much did a barrel of Nigerian crude sell in 2000? You are people are so ignorant but your arrogance won’t let you learn. What was Nigeria’s GP over the last 16 years? There are no basic of how things work out in economy – you simply do not know and shouldn’t be commenting here.

        • Truth_Rocket

          Good! I have dropped my arrogance and am prepared to learn. What is Nigeria’s GP (GDP you mean to say) in the last 16 years? 2ndly, tell us the correlation btw the price per barrel in 2000, the GP/GDP and how that stops reforms in an inefficiently run corporation like NNPC. Am not here to brag about my certificate or knowing more than anyone, it’s about feeding people with the right information. Shikena!

          • BankyMons

            Great! For a start, go to TheCable online and search for this article “Nigeria’s GDP growth falls to lowest since 1999”

          • Powerlessconscious

            And oil price also fall to lowest since 1999. I think that has answered your question.

    • pst peter Owoicho Ukangini

      Kai! Are you sure? please tell us more on this forensic investigations

      • BankyMons

        I gave you a title to search on the internet, when you finish reading it come back and tell me what you make out of it.

    • leby

      true talk. Rather than thinking of something better, Buhari is busy Unbundling NNPC. How will that solve Nigerian problem. God is watching him

    • Amir

      You guys are ediots. I am at a loss to understand why silly Nigerians that never had access to the internet and online facilities 10 years ago would prefer a government and federal parastatal running on ‘analog’ arrangement or systems. NNPC does not belong to the selfish workers. It is a government business. 40% of these workers have not done any work in years only reading newspapers but paid heavily even at low oil prices. Yet they constitute themselves as saboteurs to the programmes of government.

      • Powerlessconscious

        They are product of failed education system by PDP.

  • pst peter Owoicho Ukangini

    It is the mind that maketh good ill, that maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor. All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in belief. The Union leaders should believe that this positive change by the Federal Government in the NNPC is of good and not evil.

    • Econometrician

      @BankyMons:disqus

      President Buhari’s incompetence may ruin Nigeria

      Alarm bells are ringing that President Muhamadu Buhari’s incompetence may ruin Nigeria.
      According to official reports issued Tuesday by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria’s
      Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has fallen to the lowest point ever since 1999.

      The “growth rate of Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria, has fallen to a 16-year low of 2.815 percent
      – the lowest since the return of democracy in 1999
      ,” Cable News says. “According to the report,
      more than 75 percent of all the major economic sectors experienced a decline in the fourth quarter
      of 2015”
      .

      Apologists of Buhari regime will likely pluck an excuse. They could say crude oil sold at $30.
      But that excuse will have no force because crude oil sold at much lower price of $20 in 1999
      without a similarly disastrous result Nigerians are witnessing under the rule President Buhari.
      Nigeria gets closer to the precipice of the abyss, as the situation in January 2016 worsened.

      • BankyMons

        Absolutely. I totally share similar sentiments – we will be finished except God intervenes and very fast too!!!!

      • Peter_Edo

        it is very ridiculous to raise this argument without first of all considering world wide macro economic realities brought on by the over 450% drop in the world wide price of oil: from $120 to current $38. check around the world, most economies that have oil as the mainstay of their economies are reeling, sacking, removing all sorts of subsidies. That is the reality around the world. We could have cushioned all of this if the last administration had done the right thing which was to rightfully, willfully and intellegenlty invest, diversify and save. we did NONE. and now you expect a miracle to happen.

        • Otile

          It is also very ridiculous to say that Nigeria will forever depend on crude oil and gas from the Nigeria Delta. Where are the brains in Buhari’s Islamic cabinet? No consideration for technology, manufacturing, agriculture?

          • emmanuel

            The farthest they would contrive is importing Grass from Brazil. bunch of indolent Federal Cabinet!
            Did you see how lame the Cows in Buharis Farm were during the election? Can such failed businessman who could not manage his flacid Cows, run a very complicated Nigeria?

        • emmanuel

          The last Administration pushed for the PIB to be passed which the Hausa Fulani worked against in conivance with the Yorubas, then it would have been a Work-over to unbundle NNPC. What ever Buhari is doing now, will take a simple law suit to undo.

      • pst peter Owoicho Ukangini

        You see, in life, lots of people KNOW what to do, but few people actually do what they KNOW. KNOWING is not enough! You must take action. I think Gen Buhari is starting from somewhere. Lets continue to support and pray for him to succeed. With God all things are possible.

    • Otile

      Change by Islamizing NNPC, Tufiakwa. Have you ever noticed that there are only a token Southerners working for Buhari? Is that the change you want?

      • shola stephen

        Who care who is there, all i need is a man or woman of any tribe nor religion who will provide basic amenities, what have i gained when a southerner was there? How many hospitals, roads were so called southerners built? What benefits did their community enjoyed from them? Did they not steal for themselves and their families.

  • Alexis Orly

    @pstpeterowoichoukangini:disqus

    General Buhari is not the sort of person i can trust.
    I speak for myself based on his antecedents. Anyone that can say in public that
    General Sani Abacha did not steal anything is surely not a man of integrity in
    my own Advanced Learners dictionary. General Buhari said publicly on June 8th,
    2008, that General Sani Abacha did not steal anything. Honesty of thought at all
    times is what a man of integrity means. Muhamadu Buhari does not fit that
    dictionary meaning of the word, ‘integrity’.

    • e_orpheus

      Your opinion and points are noted, however irrelevant.

      • Otile

        So are yours.

        • abu saleh

          so r yours

    • BankyMons

      Very well put!

  • Excisionist

    There is nothing good in Buhari’s move to split NNPC. If anything, the intention is to distribute it to his Northern Islamic cronies while ignoring the region from which the oil comes.

    Nigerian economy is not Buhari’s priority. Islamization is

    I support the action of the union. Other Unions should join them and finally bring down Buhari .

    Excisionist

  • Fadama

    I honestly commend Dr. Ibe on this. There is no medicine fits all when leading Strategic Change. The backward culture seen in the NNPC over the years that has made it non-competitive even in the face of an ever dynamic business environment. Thus, a Revolutionary style of Change is the best way forward. Pursuing the Strategic Change through Adaptation, Evolution, Reconstruction (or turnaround) styles wouldn’t yield the desired result. NNPC must be competitive again and Revolution style of change is a must. Kudos Dr. Ibe. They should go on strike for all I care.

    • Powerlessconscious

      NNPC is very corrupt. It is government property built by government and government has power to bring the best out of it.

  • Carl

    The fears of the workers is based on the fact that Buhari is clueless and has never kept to his word. Would you allow your life hang on statements from a clueless uneducated General?

  • FreeNigeria

    NNPC needs massive change, it’s full of corruption and inefficiencies. Fire the the entire staffs and let them reapply if they want to work. they’re already overpaid anyway

  • emmanuel

    Unbundling NNPC before PIB, passed into law is an affront on Nigeria and operators in the Industry. Strike to a grind please.
    He has concluded plans to share PEUGOET between El-Rufai and Dangote. This is another fraud in waiting.
    Meanwhile, the man is not bothered about Nigeria and Nigerians except for his Fulani lots!

    • abu saleh

      wow…no good deed goes unpunished. people like you complain about lack jobs and high cost of living. el rufai is trying do something about it by partnering with Peugeot to create jobs and reduce the cost of car ownership, yet here you are turning the gesture into a religious/tribal issue. its a shame people like you cannot go beyond your petty emotions and work to make the country better, instead you take the spectators seat and judge others. breaks my heart

      • emmanuel

        7 heads of the unbundled companies = 4 Hausa/Fulani and 3 all others. He means well for Nigeria

        • Babso

          No sir, 3 Hausa/Fulani, 2 yoruba and 2 others from Delta and SE.

        • bongus

          all the six geopolitical zones are represented in the appointments. please crosscheck your facts before making statements.

  • SAM .A

    It is time for Nigerian people to also rise and chase out these corrupt workers , they are the reason why the oil boom turned into oil doom in Nigeria . Check out all oil producing countries , Nigeria is the only country producing oil , but lacks petrol and gas to power his electricity and vehicles . The war against corruption is meeting resistance here . NNPC is a citadel of fraud run by egg heads who wants the status quo sustained . It is time to chase them out , we have more competent Nigerian Youths looking for job who will take their place . Nigerians rise up and occupy NNPC chase out all these rotten marauders
    In 1987 . a messenger in my Dept , went to Head Ofice in Falomo in Ikoyi Lagos within 2 weeks he was able to use Nigerian system to buy a brand new Volkswagen car . No imagine the geometric projection of corruption in this citadel of fraudulence .

    • Bayo Ola

      I recommend that these workers be sacked if they fail to return back to their duty post. What is their business in how a government chose to manage its parastatals??? This is the height of indiscipline. This trend must be cointained by this new govt once and for all

  • Say the truth

    Corruption is a big topic that has has many definition. It is corruption to gag people and prevent them from expressing opinion that are at variance with yours. That is what PT is doing by deleting comment that disagree with their own opinion. PT practices corruption by deleting comments. There is nothing wrong in demanding that federal character be taken into consideration when making appointments. If you have issues with that then you are guilty of not saying the truth.

  • Layo

    NNPC is the most corrupt of all organization in Nigeria. Sack them if they fail to work. Enemies of change.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    All Nigeria oil workers participating in the present unnecessary strike action should be made to face the music as their strike actions against restructuring in the oil sector deserves severe consequence with the present situation of things in the oil production services around the World.Restructuring is on-going in Alberta province-oil sector,USA-oil sector with collapsed world oil price,Saudi Arabia,Qatar,Kuwait and UAE oil sectors are all restructuring.
    Oil workers worldwide are presently facing rationalization and retrenchment.Nigerian oil workers striking against restructuring of oil sector/NNPC should all be sacked en-mass and new workers hire to replace them.Nigerian oil workers are very wealthy set of workers.Let them go home and rest and new workers hire to replace them who would be dedicated and hard-working toward protecting Nigerian oil sector long time interest.

  • Man_Enough

    The lousy union leaders should then appoint their own minister and decide policies. This is gross insubordination.

  • Sir Louis

    NNPC management should revert to the status quo on these changes until agreement on the modalities of the change are reached with the workers without whom the corporation cannot operate. Mind you, the House of Representatives also has issues with the action of Ibe Kachikwu. This is an era of Change, hence all concerned should eschew impunity or semblances of it.

    • muazu wali

      When does an employee dictate how a company is run? Only in Nigeria where everything is turned into a political issue. I am sure PDP who lost all credibility is behind this nonsense. Under its new benefactor Sheikh Modi Sheriff they are funding the unions to sabotage critical reforms in an industry that is essential for our economic growth. Shame on PDP and its acomplices.

      • Sir Louis

        Mr Wali. Employees truly cannot dictate to their employer about the changes in a company. This is mostly the case with private companies owned by the MD and his family or friends. NNPC is a public company owned by the Nigerian people and having unions whose views and inputs are important for the daily operation of the company. PDP lost election since March 2015 and are busy re- organising themselves. It is escapist and trite to say the former ruling party is behind what is happening. However, if the present ruling party mistakenly provides ammunitions for the PDP to use to return to public reckoning, the latter would gladly use it. We need to tread carefully.

        • muazu wali

          I understand and agree with the different roles of unions in private companies and those in government owned companies. The objectives however are the same that is to protect the interest of their members such good salary, enhanced benefits, improper dismissals etc. These interests are far smaller interets to the overwhelming duties of NNPC for example to the nation. Except breaking the singe union to seven I cannot understand where their welfare is affected. If they have other fears or suspicious about the reforms let them say so. Now the whole nation is suffering and cursing them.

    • muazu wali

      What is the status co. NNPC is still NNPC. Fear has gripped the unions. Now instead is one union they are paced with the possibility of seven. They are afraid of democracy where each of the operations will form its union and protect its interest. The present arrangement has given birth to dictators and criminals. Tell me who is afraid of IKE pengassuns – petroleum and gass unions. Idiots. I advise you to accept these changes before you loose everything.