The services of over 100 workers contracted by selected contractors of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to figure at refineries are discontinued because the oil firm rehabilitates its refineries, a report by The PUNCH has shown.
It was learnt that after the NNPC disengaged the contractors, the over 100 persons who were contracted by about five contracting outfits were asked to go away .
It was gathered in Abuja that the affected persons were asked to go away due to the continued rehabilitation work on the refineries.
The Group head , Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Kennie Obateru, said the corporation was working to revive the refineries and make them deliver a minimum of 90 per cent of their refining capacities.
Explaining what happened at the facilities, Obateru said, “The people concerned aren’t our direct staff. we’ve contractors who supply us labour, they might be 10, 20 or more and that they are just engaged for the amount that their services are needed. It might be one or two months, but usually less than three months.
“So the contractor supplies the workers. But from what we’ve seen, our experience is that because a contractor is employed to working with some people, whenever we invite supply, he uses a number of these persons repeatedly.”