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ExxonMobil Ex-Staff Demands N11.4bn Entitlements

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Former employees of Mobil Producing Nigeria have called on the management of the company to effect the payment of N11.4bn owed them as their terminal benefits.

According to reports, the over 1,444 affected people who were employed as contract staff got disengaged in 2012 without commensurate entitlements as contained in the Collective Bargaining Agreement reportedly reached between them and the company.

The spokesman of the group, Mr. Godwin Idim, while speaking with reporters on Wednesday in Eket, Akwa Ibom State, said that some of their members had died in the course of the struggle to get the company pay their entitlements.

Idim also appealed to the Governor of Akwa Ibom, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, to save their souls by wading into the matter.

A counsel to the disengaged workers, Mr. Jacob Udobang & Associates, in a letter reminded the company of the need to settle with the workers, stressing that the existing labour law it signed with NUPENG and service contract employees remained binding.

He stated that majority of the affected workers were from the oil-producing communities of Akwa Ibom State and urged the Mobil to pay the disengaged workers their entitlements in line with the CBA without delay.

The contract agreement, dated July 1, 2010 and signed by a former Mobil Field Manager, Human Resources, Mr. Seun Oluwole; the Assistant Secretary, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, Mr. G. A. Tasker; the Chairman, Labour Contract, Mr. Ikohesa Ikohesa; and the Chairman, Service Contract, Mr. Aniedi Douglas, was made available to newsmen.

But Mobil, in a letter dated February 25, 2013 and signed by Mr. Justin Ezeala, denied having any obligation whether directly or indirectly to pay terminal benefits to the disengaged workers.

“We are not aware of any labour contract collective bargaining agreement dated July 1, 2010 or any other date, signed between the MPN and representatives of your client,” the letter stated.

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Shehu Sani Reacts To Hisbah’s Call For Scrapping Of Black Friday

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Shehu Sani Reacts To Hisbah's Call For Scrapping Of Black Friday

Shehu Sani

Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has reacted to the call for the scrapping of the popular ‘Black Friday’sales by the Kano State Hisbah Board.

Recall that earlier on Friday, the board asked a radio station, demanding that it stops using the word “Black Friday” to refer to Friday.

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The board explained that since Friday is regarded as a holy day in Islam, tagging it “Black Friday” is derogatory and a thus, should not be condoned.

Reacting to the statement, the former lawmaker from Kaduna described the threat by the Hisbah board as ‘nonsensical.”

He wrote:

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Court Orders Release Of Sen. Ndume From Kuje Prison

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Court Orders Release Of Sen. Ndume From Kuje Prison

Ali Ndume

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted bail to Senator Ali Ndume who was detained in prison on Monday following the failure to produce Abdulrasheed Maina in court.

This was made known by the presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang in a ruling on Friday, November 27.

Also Read: BREAKING: Court Fixes Date For Ndume’s Bail Application

He stated that he chose to grant the senator bail based on his record of good behaviour before the court, notwithstanding that the other grounds of his bail application failed.

Justice Abang granted bail to Senator Ndume pending the hearing and determination of the Borno South Senator’s appeal filed at the Court of Appeal to challenge Monday’s order.

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We Deliberately Shut Down Refineries – NNPC GMD

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We Deliberately Shut Down Refineries – NNPC GMD

NNPC boss, Mele Kyari

The Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, has expressed that the corporation deliberately shut down the nation’s refineries because they became unsustainable.

The GMD disclosed this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Upstream in Abuja.

He pointed out that the NNPC was unable to supply crude oil to the refineries, adding that the Excravos pipeline is the only one the NNPC managed to sustain through the contracting process.

He went on to express that it is practically impossible to run pipelines at their optimum capacity.

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“For instance, to run Kaduna and Warri refinery, you need to deliver 170,000 barrel of oil per day so that both will operate at 70 percent capacity,” he said.

Kyari said that at the moment, it only had over 5,000 kilometers of pipelines with 13 fuel depots, which according to him must be protected to forestall the activities of vandals.

“And I can tell you today that except the Atlas cove to Ibadan line and also the Portharcourt to Aba line, none of these pipelines is serviced.

“We cannot flow product into these lines, the cheap one is to say they are aged but the real reason is that the level of activities of vandals on these lines is gross, monumental, and profound.

“At every point within a month we fix 80 vandal points, the option is to shut them down and the result of having one depot is what we have seen in Lagos,” he said.

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