Setback for Nigeria’s oil output as Addax Petroleum workers down tools

Setback for Nigeria’s oil output as Addax Petroleum workers down tools

At least about 30,000 barrels from Nigeria’s daily crude oil product might be axed as Addax Petroleum staff have started a strike action.

The company’s staff under the aegis on of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, have shut the company’s headquarters in Lagos over alleged maltreatment of the workers by the company Senior Vice President.

According to report by Sahara Reporters, the workers locked out the Senior Vice President/Chief Executive of the company, Mr. Colin Klappa, when he arrived 32, Ozumba Mbadiwe Avenue, Victoria Island, Lagos office of the company to resume work on Monday morning.

Reports also indicated that the Senior Vice President was forced to meet with management staff outside the premises of the company as all entrance to the premises were also put under lock and key by protesting workers.

The company, which produces 30,000 barrels of oil from its offshore and onshore locations in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Asaba, Warri, and Izombe in the Niger Delta, will experience hitch in production until the end of the workers’ strike.

The chairman local chapter of PENGASSAN, Chris Ogiewonyi, said workers resorted to the indefinite strike as a result of failed and inconclusive communications between the union and management over alleged “culture of impunity against some of its officials.”

Mr. Agwu said the decision to embark on the strike followed the expiration of the ultimatum that the Association issued to Mr. Klappa led management team over the unresolved issues.

“The issues were reiterated by the Zonal Council of the Union on March 28, 2018. We notified management of the complete withdrawal of services of members effective 06.00hrs on Monday, April 16, 2018, for an indefinite time period. It is high time the culture of contempt and disdain for the association was stopped,” Mr. Agwu said.

Efforts to reach the management of the company proved abortive.

When the company’s General Manager, External & Government Affairs, Dorothy Atake, was contacted for official reaction to the workers’ strike, she denied her identity; even after the true caller application confirmed her name.

Addax is a subsidiary of China’s Sinopec. In 2017, the company’s former chief executive was arrested and tried for corrupt practices he allegedly carried out while working in Nigeria.

Nigeria’s is Africa’s largest oil producer and the world’s sixth largest oil exporter. The potential cut to its daily production is expected to affect the country’s production quota and forex earnings from oil.