The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers (NUPENG) has asked the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) not to reduce the contract cycle of workers.
The labour union said that there are plans by NNPC to reduce staff contract cycle from two to four years, to six months.
According to NUPENG, the planned action by NNPC is a clear example of modern day slavery and exploitation.
NUPENG President, Igwe Achese, said “The NNPC position that contract cycle of two to four years was a major contributor to the high cost per barrel of Nigerian crude oil, compared to other OPEC member countries, amounted to self-service and sounds very unpatriotic.”
Achese said the body is calling on the Federal Government to consider the decision in order to have a conducive atmosphere for oil and gas workers.
He said Six months contract cycle will be counterproductive, uneventful, and make a mess of the Nigerian oil and gas Industry Content Development Act and cause unemployment in the sector.”