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ExxonMobil sacks 150 staff

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ExxonMobil sacks 150 staffMobil Producing Nigeria (MPN), Unlimited, operator of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation MPN/NNPC Joint Venture in Akwa Ibom has sacked about 150 contract staffers and 40 drivers from its employ.

Some of the victims who spoke with the newsmen in Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom on Friday said that the development had devastated them.

They lamented incessant sacking of workers from the oil giant company in Akwa Ibom.

A sacked driver however, confirmed that ExxonMobil had paid their entitlements but complained that the sacking of workers in the company was out of control.

He explained that the sack had put confusion amongst their colleagues.

“Working with ExxonMobil is like holding your heart in your hand because you can be fired at any time.

“If government does not take urgent step to check the incessant sacking of Nigerians in ExxonMobil, one day the oil giant company will disengage all our people in the company,’’ he lamented.

The sacked worker, who declined to disclose how much he was paid, said that the money was not even enough to start a good business.

He explained that there are two set of drivers in the company namely Service Contract Workers and Contract Workers.

He appealed to the state government to come to their aid, saying that the situation had devastated their members.

Oil companies in Nigeria, hit by dwindling revenue and high cost of maintenance of sabotaged pipelines across Nigeria's Niger Delta region, have resorted to workers’ lay-off as a means to cut costs.

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