Following the new status of the commercialized Nigeria National Petroleum Company -NNPC Limited, about 500 staff have been chosen to be dismissed. The affected staff has been given the first week of August to collect a pay-out package and leave before the proper disengagement or continue to be employed with NNPC and risk getting dismissed at any time.
The message is said to have been sent to the affected staff who are ordinarily billed to retire by 2022, 2023, and 2024, respectively, through their emails. This decision is, however, not favored by some of the management staff members who have kicked against the plan, especially those in the cadre of general managers and group general managers.
The group managing director and chief executive of the company, Mele Kyari was purported to have said at a staff town meeting recently that “you may accept the package or reject it, but you are advised to take it.”
The general managers and group general managers that were against retirement allegedly wanted to complete their official tenures, and retire when they get to 60 years of age.
Unknown sources have reported that no one will be forced out of the system if they fail to take the advantage of the severance package but they may have themselves to blame afterward.
A portal is said to have been opened online, with points to click, either for acceptance of the severance exercise or for the rejection of the letter, whichever way any of the affected officials choose, by the first week of August, the portal would be closed.
Aside from the juicy package for those affected, they would also be entitled to 50 percent of their salaries until the time they are under normal circumstances expected to serve out their tenure in the company.