Hundreds of workers of the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited are said to be living in fear following indications that the gas company has commenced a restructuring process that may see no fewer than 120 of them losing their jobs.
The restructuring initiative, aptly tagged ‘realignment to win’, may see 10 per cent of the NLNG’s workforce of about 1,200 in Bonny and Port Harcourt in Rivers State and Abuja in the labour market soon.
NLNG is a joint gas initiative of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and oil giants – Shell, Total and Eni – which began formal operations in 1999.
A source in the company told SUNDAY PUNCH that tension had continued to rise among the workers as “none of us is unsure who could be affected by this exercise.”
Though the company did not indicate that it indended to sack workers by asking them to reapply, the employees alleged that the purpose of the restructuring was to sack over 100 of them.
The source said in March, all the staff members, including management staff, were directed to reapply for their jobs after about 40 workers took advantage of the voluntary retirement package of the company to leave in January.
Source: The Punch