NUPENG, PENGASSAN Commend President Buhari’s Flagoff Of Oil Exploration In Bauchi State

The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) have expressed satisfaction with the flag-off and official commencement of crude oil search in the Kolmani Well River-II.

The area is located near Barambu, Alkaleri Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

Francis Johnson, PENGASSAN president and Williams Akporeha, NUPENG president in a joint statement on Sunday, said the development showed President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to grow Nigeria’s economy, boost capacity and provide energy sufficiency, strengthen Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.

It said the initiative will go a long way in galvanizing the current government’s national drive for job creation, youths empowerment and human capital development.

The statement, however, appealed to the administration to accelerate the final executive assent to the entire Petroleum Industry Bill.

“In this Bill, roles and accountability are better clarified; governance and transparency strengthened and inefficiency, maladministration, corruption and secrecy are accordingly tackled, these are quite important and must be upheld”, it added.

“We further believe that when passed, it would end unnecessary political interference in the sector and optimize value chain in the upstream, midstream and downstream of the petroleum industry, and as well separate the roles of the policy maker from the regulator and from the commercial institutions.

“This historic flag off is without doubt, a full demonstration of Nigerians resilience, doggedness and determination, and the entire productive oil and gas workers are very proud of this great achievement and we promise to keep raising the bar with other committed stakeholders.”

The statement in full:

JOINT PRESS STATEMENT OF NUPENG & PENGASSAN:

NUPENG AND PENGASSAN COMMEND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CRUDE OIL EXPLORATION FLAG OFF IN BAUCHI STATE

The leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) are profoundly pleased with the flag-off and official commencement of crude oil search in the Kolmani Well River-II, located near Barambu, Alkaleri Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

This latest milestone recorded by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is undoubtedly a reflection of his government resolve and commitment to grow Nigeria’s economy, boost capacity and provide energy sufficiency, strengthen Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.

Certainly, this initiative will go a long way in galvanizing the current government’s national drive for jobs creation, youths empowerment and human capital development.

We equally found it worthy to extend our commendations to the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, the hard working Group Managing Director, NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, and their entire team for making February 2, 2019 epochal in the annals of Nigerian history, posterity will surely judge you kindly for being a part of this major and significant breakthrough in our national life.

The untiring and fantastic efforts of our irrepressible members to the realization of the noble dream are also highly commendable and we praise their uncommon contributions to the growth and development of our dear country.

There is no iota of doubt in our minds that Nigerian workers have capacity and ability to deliver even much more than their counterparts in other climes when given the right tools and right working environment/conditions to do so.

However, as key stakeholders in the industry, we urge and appeal to this listening administration to accelerate the final executive assent to the entire Petroleum Industry Bill.

In this Bill, roles and accountability are better clarified; governance and transparency strengthened and inefficiency, maladministration, corruption and secrecy are accordingly tackled, these are quite important and must be upheld.

We further believe that when passed, it would end unnecessary political interference in the sector and optimize value chain in the upstream, midstream and downstream of the petroleum industry, and as well separates the roles of the policy maker from the regulator and from the commercial institutions.

This historic flag off is without doubt, a full demonstration of Nigerians resilience, doggedness and determination, and the entire productive oil and gas workers are very proud of this great achievement and we promise to keep raising the bar with other committed stakeholders.

Our solidarity remains constant for the Union makes us great.

SIGNED:
COMRADE FRANCIS O JOHNSON: PRESIDENT OF PENGASSAN
COMRADE (PRINCE) WILLIAMS AKPOREHA,
PRESIDENT OF NUPENG.

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