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NNPC Private Guards Protest Non-payment Of Salary

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Private security guards of Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC), protecting oil pipelines from Lokoja to Kaduna have staged a peaceful demonstration to protest nonpayment of 22 months’ salary arrears.

The protesting workers blocked the NNPC depots gate at AWAWA village in Abaji area council, to prevent staff, petrol tankers and visitors from gaining entrance.

The security guards, who were employees of MRS Limited, carried placards bearing different inscriptions such as: ‘Pay us our 22-months salaries’, ‘We are not slaves’, and ‘We will block Abuja-Lokoja road if we are not paid’, among others.

The spokesman of the protesting workers, Alhaji Abdullahi Kaja lamented that when they were working directly under the NNPC they were paid as when due and other benefits till MRS Limited took over.

“Other security guards doing same work at Warri, Port Harcourt and Katsina have been paid but we at Lokoja-Kaduna axis have not been paid.

When we were working directly with NNPC our salaries were always paid and we worked under good condition. But when MRS Limited took over, there is no provision for even torch lights, raincoats and rain boots to enable us work properly. All we want is our salaries paid and be reversed back to work directly with NNPC and not MRS Limited,” he said.

He noted that several letters written to the management of MIR to no avail, he therefore called for government intervention to resolve the matter and address their plight to prevent any break down of law and order.

Another protester, Muhammed Bello, who corroborated Alhaji Kaja, said that the action had exposed them to hardship and unbearable life conditions.

Bello accused the management of MRS Limited of being insensitive to their plight, alleging that the management had given deaf ears whenever they demand for payment of their salaries.

On his part, the manager of Abaji NNPC pumping depots, Alhaji Sani Mohammed, refused to comment on the situation, saying that it is the responsibility of MRS Limited to brief the press.

 

 

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