Chevron Nigeria Limited has revealed that it has engaged the leaders of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers over the 175 workers laid off by one of its contract companies.

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The Company’s General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Mr Esimaje Brikinn, made this known in an interview with NAN on Sunday in Lagos.

Brikinn said the laid-off workers were not employees of Chevron but workers of an independent contractor providing services to Chevron.

He stated that the contract company laid off the workers following the suspension of the service contract agreement between it and Chevron.

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“CNL is a responsible and law-abiding company.

“In keeping with our commitment to resolving issues through meaningful dialogue and respect for the rule of law, we are engaging the leaders of NUPENG and the contractor company to fully understand and seek an amicable resolution of the issues.

“The company’s highest priority remains the welfare and safety of its employees, contractors and the security of its assets; we will, therefore, do our best to safeguard these interests,” Brikinn said.