Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Industries plead for Government intervention
Over 3000 have been reportedly fired in the Nigeria’s oil industry, Premium Times, leading to strike among huge oil and gas industries, NUPENG and PENGASSAN.
The two industries gave the federal government a 21 day ultimatum to put an end to the laying of their workers. According to Igwe Achese, National President of NUPENG “more than 3000 of our members are affected – chevron alone is about 1,500, Mobil is about 1,000, the entire workers of Hercules Oil and Gas are being asked to go home.”
Everyone has been sacked out of work and the question is, what will be the future of the Nigerian Oil and Gas sector?
“The Federal Government should act fast to avert further loss of jobs. There is too much redundancy in the Oil Industry which needs urgent action from government to salvage the situation.”
A call to action needs to be taken to address the issue. It is quite unsure to say the future of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry. Achese added “what is happening to Nigeria cannot be compared to what is happening in other African countries. We want government to wake up and address some of these issues.”
Before the recession, the Nigerian economy depended solely on Oil and Gas, but with the drastic change in the economy, the future of Nigerian economy seems to be even more shaky.