Don’t Sack Any Ghanaian Technical Staff, Petroleum Ministry Warns Tullow

The Ministry of Petroleum has directed Tullow Ghana Limited, not to lay-off any core technical staff after announcing plans to layoff some workers of the company as a result of the slump in crude prices on the international market.

According to a statement signed by the Communications Consultant to the Energy Ministry, Edward Bawa,’ it is the position of the Ministry that Ghanaians playing core technical roles in the company should not be affected in the process’.

The ministry says, Ghanaians working in departments such as Operations, Technical Services and Planning, Project and Engineering, Well engineering and Subsurface and Exploration should not be laid-off.

The statement said,’ this will ensure that the continuous effort to build and augment oil and gas technical skills and competency among Ghanaian professionals as prescribed by the local content policy and law is sustained’.

The Ministry has also directed Tullow Ghana Limited to put in mitigation measures to ensure minimal impact on employees by redeploying ‘employees of risk redundancy’ to other areas of the business where their skills could be used.

‘For eventual leavers, the Ministry further directs Tullow Ghana to offer a competitive severance package and roll out placement support programmes to ensure that they transition meaningfully after leaving Tullow Ghana Limited’, the statement concluded.

Petroleum Commission steps into the matter Petroleum Commission has confirmed to Citi Business News, it is currently in talks with Tullow oil following plans by the company to lay off workers.


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