OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has directed the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the management of Warri Refining and Petro-chemical Company (WRPC) to immediately reinstate over 300 casual staff sacked amidst the Covid-19 outbreak currently ravaging nations of the world.
The House also mandated the company to stay action on recruitment of new staff and the termination of staff of the company pending the conclusion of an investigation.
The House also directed the House Committee on Petroleum Downstream to launch an investigation into the recent recruitment of graduate trainees by the NNPC with a view to determine how many persons were recruited from the various host communities.
The following resolutions were sequel to a motion of urgent national importance brought by Mr.Thomas Ereyitomi (APC, Delta).
While leading debate on the motion, the lawmaker decried that in the heat of the coronavirus pandemic that is currently ravaging Nigeria and the world at large, the management of WRPC has gone ahead to sack over 300 casual staff in spite of the federal government’s directive that no government agency or private establishment should lay off any of its staff.
He also stated that all the affected persons were indigenes of the host communities where the refinery was situated which was made up of Itsekiri and Urhobo communities.
Mr. Ereyitomi recalled that sometime in July 2019, Mr. Ben Bakpa from Rivers State presented a petition to the House on behalf of the host communities seeking amongst other things, de-casualisation of the employment status of indigenous workers with WRPC.
“It is unfortunate that Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation without respect for the House committee on public petitions went ahead to recruit 1,050 graduate trainees against the resolution and recommendations of the committee.
“As you well know, this recruitment did not reflect the principles of fairness as enshrined in Section 28(2) of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Act which provides inter alia that “the Board shall ensure that the operator or project promoter maintains a reasonable number of personnel from areas it has significant operation”.
While adopting the motion, the House resolved to mandate the House Committee on Petroleum Downstream to carry out a forensic investigation into the recruitment exercise.