Unless the federal government is willing to negotiate with oil workers by paying reasonable severance packages, any attempt to unbundle the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation as demanded by the Petroleum Industry Governance bill will meet resistance.

This is the position of oil and gas workers under the aegis of Nigeria Union of Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN while reacting to the passage of the bill.

The unions however commended the passage, describing it as a welcome development as it will increase inflow of foreign investment into Nigeria.

The General Secretary of NUPENG, Joseph Ogbebor,  told newsmen on Friday in Lagos that the passage of the bill was long overdue.

Ogbebor said that it was a welcome development for the oil and gas sector as the union had been campaigning for the passage of the bill for over 15 years.

He said that the bill, if finally signed into law by the president would boost accountability and transparency.

But on the unbundling of NNPC, the NUPENG scribe said that the union would resist any attempt to sack workers without adequate settlement.