The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) casual/support staff in the Refining & Petrochemical Company, Warri, Delta State have petitioned the National Assembly to speed up hearing on their matter already pending before the House of Representatives for their integration into the core staff of NNPC.

They are also requesting the enforcement of the National Assembly’s earlier decision that none of them should be suspended before the conclusion of the matter.

In the petition dated 28th August, 2020, signed on their behalf by their legal counsel, U. C. Oparaugo, Esq, the embattled casual staff commended the House Committee on Public Petition for commencing hearing on the matter on July 28.

They however raised an alarm that despite the National Assembly’s intervention, over 300 of the casual staff have been dismissed even as the matter is yet to reach a conclusion.

They said that while they were not in any way against a peaceful and amicable final resolution of the matter, their main concern was that “up till the time of this letter, the NNPC has not made any effort to reach or call the said representatives for a meeting”.

While calling for a speedy hearing of the issues at stake, the petitioners called on the National Assembly to give the House Committee ‘a definite time frame for a report on the progress of the matter so far’.