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PENGASSAN flays dismissal of local staff of Exxon Mobil in place of expatriates

Incessant sack of Nigerians by International Oil Companies (IOCs) in place of expatriates which voids the spirit of Nigerian Local Content Law seems to be getting out of hand when the recent action by Exxon Mobil in the South South is put on the scale.

The development has forced the Akwa Ibom Branch of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) to condemn the recent disengagement of several workers by the management of the company.

While they have passed a vote of no confidence on the Managing Director Mr. Paul McGrath for sacked workers in the company, Mr Jude Chidinwaogu, the National Deputy President of the association said in Mkpanak in Ibeno Local Government Area of the state that the situation if not arrested could  degenerate to an unpleasant situation

Already, the workers had protested at Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN), at Lagos gate in Ibeno, Akwa Ibom.

Chidinwaogu said “It is unfortunate that the new MD of ExxonMobil have rebuffed effort by the branch executives of PENGASSAN to have a meeting with him and find a solution to the impasse.

“He has not deemed it fit and even on May 1st while all workers were celebrating workers day the Managing Director   suspend the Union Executives that was involved in this struggle.

The National Deputy President of the association explained that in 2015, the management of ExxonMobil sacked many Nigerians and again in 2016, the company sacked 83 staff and replaced them with expatriates.

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