One of Nigeria’s foremost International Oil Company, ExxonMobil, based in Qua Iboe, southern Nigeria may suffer setback in crude oil production due to labour unrest. ExxonMobil’s assets came under threat owing to lingering blockade by protesting former employees that were laid off by the multinational.
ExxonMobil, which exports over 300,000 b/d of crude from the Qua Iboe terminal, said the aggrieved workers, who were ex-security personnel engaged by the US oil firm along with 508 workers were dismissed in July, had been blockading the company’s offices and facilities since July 13.
According to the company’s spokesman, the protest has delayed refurbishing of crude oil pipelines at the Qua Iboe terminal targeted at increasing production as the former employees have not shielded their swords with the company.
Expressing his views on the issue, Chairman, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), Rasak Obe, made it known that the workers had embarked on the action to protest against the mass, unfair dismissal of workers, mainly security personnel. Obe said the action would not be called off until the company re-instated the workers.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that the striking former employees of ExxonMobil have vowed not to allow the company to operate since it has refused to obey a Supreme Court judgement not to sack or pay them their rightful dues.