PANIC AT NNPC AS PENGASSAN THREATENS STRIKE
There was tension at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday, prompting the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) to threaten that it may go on strike soon.
It was gathered that the threat by the Group Executive Council (GEC) of PENGASSAN at the NNPC followed plans by the oil firm’s management to carry out what it described as Internal Open Resource exercise (IOR).
Sources at the corporation revealed yesterday night that the exercise would result in a situation where employees from lower levels would be moved to deputy managerial levels without passing through the compulsory qualifying exams.
PENGASSAN, in a letter addressed to the Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mele Kyari, urged the management of NNPC to suspend the planned exercise.
The letter, with reference PEN.GEC.SEC06/21, which was dated June 22, 2020, read in part, “The Group Executive Council of PENGASSAN NNPC at an emergency meeting held on June 20, 2020 reviewed the general happenings at the NNPC.
“Recall the leadership engaged your good office and made an honest presentation on the union’s position, part of which was then a mere rumour on the above subject.”
The union stated that despite its meeting with Kyari, the GEC was shocked that the management still went ahead to broadcast its IOR exercise.