Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has reduced its staff strength by 500 following the failure of the employees to scale through a promotion exam as reported by ThisDay Newspaper.
According to sources within the NNPC, Staff and Unions were beginning to kick as the staffs were kicked out following their failure to scale through a mandatory personnel assessment and promotion examinations conducted by the state run Oil Corporation.
According to sources the situation could have some effect on the operations of the NNPC as various unions within the Corporation have threatened to resist the weight shedding in personnel.
The sources disclosed further that although the 500 sacked staff are non members of both Unions within the Nigerian Oil Industry; the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), both Unions have decided to take up the matter.
They have reportedly threatened to shut down the operations of the NNPC which has been the sole importer of petroleum products in the country since October, 2017.
According to another source within the Corporation,
“Some staff wrote promotion exams to move places, as it is the case. They are Chief Officers and Deputy General Managers who are in M5 and M6 cadre. Some didn’t pass for the first time and about 500 were asked to leave, and papers in this regard were served them.
Right now, there is a lot of tension because the categories of people affected are not part of workers’ union.”
Most Independent Marketers have abandoned importation of petroleum products to the NNPC because of what they call ‘unfavourable pricing’ leading to the sole dependence of supply of petrol in the country to the State run Oil Giant.