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Ex-Energia workers head to court over N2bn compensation as DPR negotiation fails

FORMER 37 workers of Energia Limited, a major indigenous oil and gas producing company, have headed to the Lagos High Court over N2 billion compensation as negotiation fails to yield result.

The workers who alleged irregularities, including favouritism, unfairness and inadequate remuneration, added that the company did not follow the governing industry and company rules regarding their disengagement and payment.

In the absence of labour union, the workers had reported their case to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), which has the mandate to issue licences, approval, permits, and regulations as well as monitor compliance in the industry.

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But investigation by Vanguard showed that after many weeks, the workers decided to explore a legal option in settling the dispute.

The case, it was gathered has been scheduled for hearing towards the end of November.

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Energia had consistently declined to comment on the subject, even when the case was before the DPR.

Specifically, in an email to Vanguard, the company had stated: “Unfortunately, we would not be able to grant an interview session on those topics at this time.”

However, spokesman of DPR, Mr. Paul Osu, had earlier indicated in an email to Vanguard that: “A petition was received from some staff of Energia regarding their disengagement from the services of the company on claims of redundancy.

“In line with our statutory regulatory oversight of the oil and gas sector, DPR has requested Energia to respond to the allegations by the petitioners within two weeks of receipt.”

 

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