Dangote Refinery resolves dispute between its contractor and workers ~Statement
Dangote group said it has stepped in to resolve the trade dispute between one of its contractors at the Dangote Refinery and workers engaged by the consultant.
This was against the backdrop of protests embarked upon by workers employed by a contractor working on the construction of what will be Africa’s largest oil refinery on Tuesday.
Dangote Group Executive Director, Projects and Portfolio Management, Edwin Devakumar said in a statement that the protesters are not employees of Dangote Refinery, but that of its contractor.
He said though the protesting workers were engaged by the company’s contractor, the Group has stepped in to resolve the dispute.
According to him, the management has commenced discussion with both parties and the issues at stake have been amicably resolved.
Twitter posts on Tuesday showed several dozen people gathered at what appeared to be the site of the refinery and said the protesters were “fighting for their rights”.
The Tweets said police had been at the scene. A national police spokesman did not immediately reply to a request for comment on the situation at the site.
In its statement, Dangote group said; “Our attention has been drawn to an issue on social media alleging staff protest at the refinery over salary increment dispute.”
“The protesters are direct employees of Onshore, Offshore (Oil) and Chemie-Tech subcontractors, who are currently dealing with an industrial dispute with their employees.
“The situation is under control as we are mediating with the parties involved.”
The refinery, currently under construction in Lekki Free trade Zone, Lagos is proposed to process 650,000 barrels of crude and also has fertaliser components expect to come on stream before end of the year.
Nigeria, which currently depends largely on importations of refined products to feed its growing local consumption, maybe transformed into a major refined fuel exporter whenever the refinery comes on stream.
This is not the first time workers of contractors handling the construction of the refinery will come out openly to demonstrate against their employers.
In the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, some workers of a contractor working in the site posted videos on social media complaining against the inhuman treatment by their employer and sort the intervention of the Africa’s richest man to end their suffering.