One month after it suspended operations as a result of an explosion that rocked its facilities, downstream indigenous company, MRS Petroleum Company has re-opened its tank farm at the Tin Can port for business.
Reliable sources at the tank farm confirmed to Shipping Position Daily last week that sequel to the explosion; many staff of the company were sacked for being incompetent on their job.
Currently, the only product available at the tank farms is Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK) known as kerosene, but it was gathered that there were some products left in the tank farm before the explosion and the subsequent suspension of operations, but the company has already sold all the commodity when it re-opened two weeks ago.
Even though we could not ascertain the number of people that were affected in the recent sack, sources confirmed to our correspondent however that it could not be ascertained if they were sacked in connection with the explosion.
“Some of our colleagues were sacked recently and the reason for this is that management said they do not know their job, they were employed based on ‘man-know-man’, and at the end of the day, they are lacking behind” the source said.
He recounted to our correspondent, the ordeal of the fire explosion and the trauma it caused for some of the staff. According to him, many of them were injured from the incident but they have since resumed work.
Also speaking with our correspondent, the Public Relation Officer of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) branch of NUPENG attached to the tank farm, Mr. Napoleon Inegbedion confirmed that the management of the company had appealed to the union to exercise patience as the tank farm is still undergoing renovation.
Inegbedion said that the ongoing renovation is the main reason why the company has not received any product and that it has decided not to circulate the one it is currently having in stock.
He however lamented that after loading the little product left in the tank before the explosion, the staff have been sitting idle without any job to do.
“As you can see this place is dry, we have not been doing anything for some time now, and you know it is only when there is product that the union will make money” he said.