The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will retire over 1000 workers any moment from now.
According to Daily Trust, at least 200 of them are middle level officers that were caught up in the ongoing restructuring that has seen the exit of top management staff and nine heads of the corporation’s subsidiaries.
While the other 800 will attain the mandatory retirement age of 60 years or 35 years in service in the next one and a half years.
A source, who pleaded anonymity, squealed that the new NNPC boss, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu wants all staff retiring by 31st December 2016 to go now as a result of the downsizing.
The source said those to be affected are from the subsidiaries, especially pioneer workers of the refineries.
‘It’s A to zero restructuring. I’ve done the first three layers which is going from the Group Executive Directors to Group General Managers and General Managers. You’re going to have a lot more now. The NNPC isn’t public service. It’s a corporation and we run like a company generating money for the people of Nigeria. So, the whole concept of anything goes should stop,” he had said.
Already there is agitation from the staff due to the on-going reforms alleging that it was not following due process.
They cited the example of recruitment of about 12 top management staff into corporation and deploying them in key positions without any employment notice or consultations of relevant stakeholders.
It would be recalled, as at January this year, the Corporation has about 9,500 workers in its services.