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NNPC dismisses over 100 contract workers

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THE Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has sacked over 100 contract staff as the oil firm rehabilitates its refineries.

    The Corporation’s Group General Manager and Group Public Affairs Division, Kennie Obateru, made the disclosure yesterday.

   According to Obateru, the sack was not unconnected to the ongoing rehabilitation work at the refineries, adding that the revival was necessary to enable them deliver at least 90 per cent of their refining capacities.

   Meanwhile, National Light gathered that the fired staff were contracted by about five contracting outfits and the sack came after NNPC disengaged their contractors.

   Explaining further, Obateru said that the workers affected are those contracted by selected contractors to work at refineries.

   “The people concerned are not our direct staff. We have contractors who supply us labour, they could be 10, 20 or more and they are just engaged for the period for which their services are needed. It could be one or two months, but usually not more than three months.”

  “So the contractor supplies the workers. But from what we have seen, our experience is that because a contractor is used to working with some people, each time we ask for supply, he uses some of these persons repeatedly.”

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