Chevrons 209,000 Barrels Crude Production At Risk As Unions Order Facilities Shut Down 

Yemisi Izuora

The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas, NUPENG, and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, have directed their members in Chevron Nigeria Limited to commence a total shut down of the company’s operations.

This comes in the aftermath of the sack of 600 Nigerian employees; and other anti-Labour practices by the management of the company.

The NUPENG and the PENGASSAN gave the directive in a joint statement on Sunday, October 4.

Oriental News Nigeria, reports that net oil production of Chevron in Nigeria in 2019 averaged 209,000 barrels a day.

The figure was published by Statista Research Department on September 21, 2020.

According to the statistics, “In 2019, the net-oil production of the American company Chevron in Nigeria amounted to 209 thousand barrels per day. Between 2015 and 2019, Chevron’s net-oil production in Nigeria experienced a decrease. In 2019, about 6.8 percent of the total net-oil equivalent production of this company came from Nigeria.”

NUPENG’S President, Mr Williams Akporeha, and the President, PENGASSAN, Mr Festus Osifo, said: “We have directed our members in Chevron to withdraw their services.

“We also call on the Federal Government to call Chevron Management to order; otherwise we can no longer guarantee industrial peace in the oil and gas sector.

“Here is our fatherland and we have a labour law that regulates the activities of organisations in Nigeria; this law cannot be breached; We must follow the process.”

The NUPENG and PENGASSAN alleged that Chevron management on Independence Day notified about 2,000 of its employees that their services were no longer required.

Both leaders also alleged that Chevron management had asked those employees who were still interested in working with them to apply afresh.

“This development runs contrary to Nigeria’s laws regulating the Oil and Gas industry; as it does not protect our national interest.

“This is an imperialist agenda that must not be allowed to stay; most especially as we have just finished celebrating our 60th independence as a sovereign country,” the duo said.

Earlier in a statement, Chevron’s General Manager Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Esimaje Brikinn, said the welfare and safety of its workforce was one of its highest priorities.

Brikinn said: “Making changes to the organisation is never easy for anyone that will be impacted; but it is to improve our ability to remain competitive in Nigeria.

“Reducing the cost and improving the efficiency of our operations; are critical to generating more revenues for the Federal Government of Nigeria,” he said.

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