Members and Staff of Lagos Zonal Council of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Monday (January 14, 2019) in solidarity-visit, met with the Union’s National Leadership especially the newly appointed Acting General Secretary at the National Secretariat in Jibowu, Lagos.
The unionists who came in large numbers led by the Zonal Chairman and the Head of Lagos Zone, Comrade Tayo Aboyeji and Comrade Lanre Badmus in unison expressed their readiness to fully cooperate and support the new Acting General Secretary and the President of the Union, Comrade (Prince) Williams Akporeha.
The visitors however hailed Comrade Afolabi and described him as “a competent and blessed leader”, who has over the years displayed good leadership qualities in driving the affairs of the Union at every position and responsibilities given to him in the Union.
Speaking on behalf of the team, Comrade Aboyeji thanked Comrade Afolabi for his physical presence despite his tight schedule and stated that he and his Comrades are ready to contribute their quota in boosting the growth and success of the Union, stressing that the support of the Zone is 101% beyond mathematical evaluation.
While appreciating the Zone for the solidarity visit, the Union President, Comrade Akporeha said;
”I thank you specially for reposing your trust and confidence in our abilities and I also extend my gratitude to you in what I can describe as vote of confidence, Comrades I must say this visit is a very welcome one and I appreciate all of you. Just as you said you love me, I will also say I love you more. I equally urge you to do more in ensuring that Lagos Zone expands numerically and becomes bigger beyond our expectations at the secretariat..”
Continuing, the President said, ”I must further show appreciation to the present Zonal leadership in their zeal and commitment to grow and to make this Zone bigger and also stronger. When I consistently hear about the Zones being on the field with sincerity of purpose in organizing, unionizing and inaugurating members in branches at the respective Zones of the Union it gives me joy and conviction that NUPENG is still alive and want you all to continue in this spirit.”
Comrade Afolabi on his part while expressing his appreciation for the kind gesture extended to him by the Zone stated;
”I thank you for this solidarity visit today, remember stepping into a position is one thing, another thing is that if there is no one coming forward to say we appreciate you, we are showing solidarity to you, this would definitely cast doubts about once’s emergence into such new position, so I want to really appreciate you for that confidence you have in the national secretariat and most importantly the National Executive Council for the choice they made.”
Comrade Afolabi urged the visiting Comrades to remember the leadership in prayers so that the mission, objectives and the vision of the Union would not be compromised under any guise.
”Meanwhile, I want you to always pray for us because we are not infallible, this is a young regime and we have new team that is just coming on board, we need all the support we can get from you, we are not perfect, we are humans. Please bear in minds that we have heads of departments, we have myself, we have the National Executive Council etc, we surely will be confronted with one issue or the other, and mind you the solutions to these issues are not written in any books, it is just by the grace and inspiration of God that we would surmount them and you should also pray that every mistakes we make should turn into miracles and good decisions in the eyes of those gauging our performance and the moves we make. You should also pray for me and my team so that we would always achieve our desired goals for the success of the Union and take it to its place of pride. I thank and appreciate you all for this visit” Afolabi said.