Oil workers under the umbrella of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) Wednesday morning shut the Corporate Headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Abuja to protest the restructuring of the state oil firm.

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, last night at a press briefing in Abuja announced that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the restructuring of the NNPC into seven new divisions explaining that under the new structure, NNPC will have five core new divisions comprising the upstream, downstream, refining group, gas and power, as well as the ventures’ groups, among others.

But the oil workers say they are aggrieved because they were not carried along in the entire process. The main entrance to the Corporation was blocked early Wednesday morning. Staff of the NNPC and its subsidiaries located in the towers were turned back by the protesting union members.

Our reporter gathered that staff who learnt about the protest stayed back home while those on their way turned back on hearing from colleagues about the protest. "I came as early as 7:00am but was denied access, therefore I am going back home," a staff told our reporter.

One of the union members who spoke to our reporter on the condition of anonymity said they will prevent even the Group Managing Director of NNPC from the tower until the grey areas are sorted out. He said the shutdown will be nationwide. The workers are scheduled to brief the press on the protest on Wednesday afternoon.

Daily Trust

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