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NNPC Workers Stage Protest, Put Coffin At Refinery

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The ongoing protest by support staff members of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation at the Warri Refinery on Friday entered its third day with the workers putting a coffin at the main entrance of the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company.

They also vowed not back out of the protest until their demands were met. One of their demands is to be converted into full staff members of the NNPC.

However, Saturday PUNCH gathered on Friday that production and other economic activities at the Warri Refinery had been fully grounded by the protesting workers.

More than 500 support staff members, who were joined by youths across the Niger Delta region, had been protesting since Wednesday over failure by management of NPPC to honour an agreement reached to convert them to full staff members.

Friday’s protest, however, witnessed a new dimension with the placement of a coffin at the entrance of the refinery.

Our correspondent, who visited the refinery on Friday, also gathered that a closed-door meeting summoned by the management of the refinery to resolve the impasse ended in a deadlock.

The meeting had in attendance some representatives of the Community Relations Committee from host communities and the protesters.

It was gathered that the protesters had vowed to refuse to shift ground until the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, personally wades into the matter to resolve the crisis.


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