There was tension at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Wednesday , prompting the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria to threaten that it may embark on an industrial action soon .
It was gathered that the threat by the Group Executive Council of PENGASSAN at the NNPC followed plans by the oil firm ’ s management to carry out what it described as Internal Open Resource exercise .
Sources at the corporation told our correspondent on Wednesday night that the exercise would result in a situation where employees from lower levels would be moved to deputy managerial levels without passing through the mandatory qualifying exams.
PENGASSAN , in a letter addressed to the Group Managing Director, NNPC , Mele Kyari , advised the management of the oil firm to suspend the planned exercise .
The letter, with reference PEN. GEC. SEC 06 / 21 , which was dated June 22 , 2020 , read in part , “ The Group Executive Council of PENGASSAN NNPC at an emergency meeting held on June 20 , 2020 reviewed the general happenings at the NNPC .
“ Recall the leadership engaged your good office and made an honest presentation on the union ’ s position , part of which was then a mere rumour on the above subject .”
The union stated that despite its meeting with Kyari , the GEC observed with dismay that the management still went ahead to broadcast its IOR exercise .