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Sacked Mobil staff appeal for disengagement benefits

By The Citizen
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The recently sacked 238 contract staff of Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) Unlimited in Ibeno, Akwa Ibom, have appealed for payment of their disengagement benefits.

The Spokesperson of the sacked workers, Mr Elioto Emmanuel, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibeno on Sunday.

Emmanuel said the sacked staff were surprised at the company's action because no reason was given for their sack.

'We were shocked because the oil company did not give us any tangible reasons for disengaging us and nobody expected it.

'After the Sallah break, we went to work and heard that ExxonMobil had sacked 238 of us and no reason was given for that,'' he said

The spokesman said that since they were thrown out of job two weeks ago, they had been destabilised and facing hard times.

He appealed to the company to pay them their disengagement benefits to enable them to start a business of their own.

The affected staff worked at the company's Qua Iboe terminal, airstrip and estate.

Mr Ozemoya Okordion, the Manager, Public and Government Affairs (Media and Communication) ExxonMobil, confirmed the sack but did not give reasons for it. NAN