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Cablegate: Dpr Strike Ends Peacefully; No Production Impact

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231455Z Dec 04

UNCLAS LAGOS 002562

SIPDIS

STATE FOR AF/W
STATE FOR EB/ESC/IEC/ENR/BLEVINE
STATE FOR DS/IP/AF
STATE FOR INR/AA
STATE PASS DOE FOR DAS JBRODMAN AND CGAY
STATE PASS TREASURY FOR ASEVERENS AND SRENANDER
STATE PASS DOC PHUEPER
STATE PASS TRANSPORTATION MARAD
STATE PASS USAID FOR GWEYNAND AND SLAWAETZ
STATE PASS EX-IM FOR JRICHTER
STATE PASS OPIC FOR CDUFFY
STATE PASS TDA FOR BTERNET

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EPET EINV NI ENERG
SUBJECT: DPR STRIKE ENDS PEACEFULLY; NO PRODUCTION IMPACT


Two-Day DPR Strike Ends
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1. Senior employees of Nigeria's Department of Petroleum
Resources ended a 2-day strike on 22 December. DPR Public
Affairs Manager Belema Osibodu confirmed to the Consulate on
23 December the strike has been suspended following a
meeting between management and DPR workers. The workers,
members of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff
Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), were striking to protest
non-implementation of a collective bargaining agreement.
DPR, the regulatory agency which oversees Nigeria's energy
sector, handles loading of oil at terminals, and recording
and clearing tankers lifting oil.

No Production Impact
--------------------

2. Contrary to some Nigerian press reports, Post has not
been able to confirm a production impact. Both Exxon Mobil
General Manager of External Affairs Udom Inoyo and Shell
Head of Media and Communications Bisi Ojediran confirmed
that operations were not affected, as DPR management stepped
in to take over routine operations during this two-day
period.

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