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ExxonMobil shrinks offices in Nigeria as it scales back operations

ExxonMobil shrinks offices in Nigeria as it scales back operations

ExxonMobil is reducing its presence in Africa’s biggest oil-producing country, shrinking its office space and scaling back operations in the country, according to findings by BusinessDay.

Exxon has reportedly vacated its large office in Lagos, opting for a smaller, more centralised location. Similar downsizing is expected in other Nigerian cities where the company has a presence.

According to Reuters, Exxon is relocating staff from the 12-floor Mobil House, reportedly leased at the cost of $10 million annually, to a six-floor office building 22 kilometres away in the upscale Ikoyi area, built to accommodate half the personnel working at the former offices.

“The new office leaves no one in doubt about its future plans for Nigeria,” a staff member of the company told Reuters.

The exact number of employees affected by the office closures is unclear, but the move is likely to result in job losses and a smaller overall footprint for Exxon in the country.

ExxonMobil has been operating in Nigeria for over 50 years and is one of the largest oil producers in the country. The company’s scaling back is likely to have a significant impact on the Nigerian oil and gas sector, as well as the broader economy.

Industry analysts suggest that Exxon’s decision is part of a wider trend among international oil companies (IOCs) in Nigeria. Many IOCs are facing pressure to reduce costs and streamline operations, leading to a shift towards smaller, more efficient teams.

The long-term impact of Exxon’s downsizing on the Nigerian oil and gas sector remains to be seen. However, the move underscores the challenges facing the industry and the need for adaptation in the current economic climate.