By Philips Sunday
Workers of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, today, Thursday, March, 10, 2016, suspended the strike it had embarked to protest the restructuring of the NNPC, after a meeting with the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.
The Corporate headquarters of the NNPC in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja has been reopened for operations.
The workers, under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, met with Kachikwu, and President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday night to discuss the issues of the NNPC, in a meeting which ended at about 5am on Thursday.
Confirming the development, the branch chairman of NUPENG, NNPC, Odudu Benjamin Udofia, said “there was a very high powered committee (meeting) set up by the president and minister of petroleum resources which started at about 8(pm). We did not finish until 4:30 this morning”
Reflecting on the issues discussed in the meeting, Mr. Udofia said, “the union have to be involved in the process of restructuring and a committee is going to be set with a union representative to review the restructuring”
He said of the committee, “It is a continuous process. In the implementation the union must be carried along.”
Meanwhile normal official activities resumed at the NNPC towers this morning in Abuja.