NNPC intervenes to end TotalEnergies workers’ strike, restores oil production

TotalEnergies, a major oil producer in Nigeria, has resumed its daily crude oil production of 275, 000 barrels after the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited intervened in the dispute between the company and its workers.

The workers, who belong to the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) and the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), had gone on strike in September 2023 over the sale of Eni Nigeria’s stake in Nigeria Agip Oil Company to Oando Plc.

The strike also affected Chevron, another oil company.

According to Olufemi Soneye, NNPC’s chief corporate communications officer, NNPC mediated a deal between TotalEnergies and the unions on Sunday, which led to the suspension of the industrial action.

Soneye said in a statement posted on NNPC’s X, formerly Twitter, account that the parties agreed to “resolve all the issues within an agreed framework” after a long negotiation session chaired by Oritsemeyiwa Eyesan, Executive Vice President, Upstream, NNPC Ltd.

He added that the statement was signed by TotalEnergies MD/CEO Matthieu Bouyer, PENGASSAN President, Comrade Festus Osifo, and NUPENG President, Comrade Williams Akporegha.

The meeting was also attended by Bala Wunti, NNPC upstream investment management services; and Victor Bandele, deputy managing director, TotalEnergies.

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