By: Desmond Julius

Over 3,000 workers of the Nigerian oil Industry have been sacked as the current economic recession bites harder, the two oil union said.

The unions on Wednesday issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Federal Government calling for a halt to the sack of their members by the International Oil Companies in Nigeria thereby making a threat to go on strike

The National President of NUPENG, Igwe Achese, who addressed the Press at the end of the central working Committee meeting of the union in Effurun, Delta State, he said the Government must do something urgently to stop the mass retrenchment of its members to avoid industrial actions by members of the staff in the oil industry, the companies affected with the sack are Chevron Nigeria Limited, ExxonMobil, Pan Ocean, Sapiem, and Hercules oil and gas Limited, among others.

`We are now asking ourselves where are we heading within the industry, We have lost so much of Nigerian Personnel working in the oil and gas industry, What is happening in Nigeria cannot be compared to what is happening in other African countries, We want Government to wake up and address some of these issues` he said.


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