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British Gas sacks 51 staff

By Innocent Anaba

Lagos -  No fewer than  51 junior and middle level management staff have been sacked by British Gas Nigeria (BG). This is about 25 per cent of the company’s workforce in the country.

General Manager, Policy and Corporate Affairs of the company, Paul Arinze,  who confirmed the development,  however, denied that there was a mass sack in the company, insisting that what is happening was not peculiar to the British Gas company alone.

He said the lay-off, “is not just about global economy, it’s not just about oil price, is about responding to global changes.”

It was gathered that the company on August 17, 2009 carried out the mass sack and that lay-off of senior company managers would follow soon.

The company’s parent company, had announced on July, 28 that it was cutting funding of the OK LNG project and switching investments to develop newly acquired assets in Australia and Brazil.

BG Group CEO, Frank Chapman, had told reporters on a conference call that his company’s investment in Nigeria’s gas sector will be gradually reduced due to Nigeria’s government change of priority to domestic gas projects.


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