No fewer than 100 workers have been disengaged by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation as the oil firm rehabilitates its refineries.
It was also learnt that the affected persons were workers contracted by about five contracting outfits after the NNPC disengaged the contractors.
According to the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Kennie Obateru, the corporation was working to revive the refineries and make them deliver at least 90 per cent of their refining capacities.
Narrating what transpired at the facilities, Obateru said, “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.”