The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has sacked over 80 manager-level employees for reportedly performing poorly in their promotion exams.
Over 20 workers were affected at the Kaduna Refining & Petrochemical Company (KRPC), Daily Trust writes.
This has been confirmed by the spokesman for the corporation Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, who said the affected personnel were asked to quit because they failed promotion exams conducted for them recently.
“There was a promotion exercise and those who didn’t do well, I don’t have the figure now, were asked to exit,” Ughamadu said.
On why the staff were sacked rather denied promotion, Ughamadu said, “Corporate policy is corporate policy and management decision is management decision. It was a comprehensive exercise that was carried out and those who didn’t absolutely do well (were asked to quit). Management met on it and decided that number should go.”
He said all entitlements due to the affected workers will be paid to them.
Another source with knowledge of the matter said it would not be good for the affected staff to remain in the system because they would hinder the progress of others.
“Those who failed can’t be promoted because if they are, other low and middle level employees would not rise. We want progression and not stagnation,” the source said.
Meanwhile, another experienced official in the corporation said the rationale behind the exercise may be financial rather than administrative as the corporation recorded N267 billion losses with personnel salaries, pension and gratuity of staff including those in its subsidiaries taking the largest chunk of its expenses over the past two years.