Comrade Israel Omokero Emerges SUTAKEP National Chair

Comrade Israel Omokero has been elected new National Chairman of Surface Tank Kerosene Peddlers Branch of NUPENG (SUTAKEP), on Friday, 2nd August, 2019.

The labour leader was elected unopposed at the third Quadrennial Delegates Conference of the Branch which held at Kingscelia hotels & suites in Jibowu, Lagos.

Others who were elected under the same peaceful atmosphere are John Ukpabia (Vice Chairman), Oladiti Adeola (Secretary) Adeyemo Kudirat (Treasurer), Felix Akinwande (Financial Secretary), and Bright Eneruyi (Assistant Secretary).

The rest are, Felix Akinwade (Financial Secretary), Stella Uzoka (Welfare), Joseph Oluwole-Ojo (PRO), Muazo Umar Isa (Trustee), Sabo Hannah (Ex-Officio), Levi Chinzo (Ex-Officio), Adamu Allason (Ex-Officio), Adetola Gani and Jigolo Samagbehin (Adviser).

Earlier in the day, the President of the Union, Comrade Williams Eniredonana Akporeha and the General Secretary of the Union, Comrade Afolabi Olawale both declared the electoral process open and also gave advise to the delegates urging them to cooperate with those that will be elected and should work together to advance the implementation of the good intentions of the branch in the overall interest of the country.

The President, though unavoidably absent but was ably represented by the Deputy President of the Union, Comrade Solomon Kilanko, whilst Comrade (Chief) Lucky Osesua, Deputy National Chairman PTD Branch of NUPENG stood in for the National Chairman, Comrade (Otunba) Salimon Akanni Oladiti.

NUPENG SUSPENDS PLANNED INDUSTRIAL ACTION OVER CHEVRON/CONTRACTORS INFRACTION

PRESS STATEMENT

The National leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) wishes to inform the rank and file members of the Union and the general public that following the intervention of Mallam Mele Kyari, the Group Managing Director and his management team to avert the proposed industrial action of NUPENG over the blatant breach of agreement reached with the Union by Chevron Nigeria and its Contractor and considering the fact that appreciable progress is being made as discussions continue, that the Union hereby suspends with immediate effect the planned industrial action slated for next week.

It should be put on records that this abrupt suspension became inevitable due largely to the timely intervention of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) having engaged NUPENG and all concerned stakeholders at two separate meetings on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd day of August 2019, to correct the anomalies and ensure that the agreement is respected.

All our members are directed to step down the RED ALERT message, continue rendering their normal and lawful services to the nation while members of the general public are also enjoined to avoid any panic action/measure as we assure all and sundry of normal supply and distribution of petroleum products across the country.

It should be noted however, that talks are still ongoing between NUPENG and all affected stakeholders to amicably resolve the matter putting into consideration the collateral economic damage the industrial unrest could possibly lead to in the country if not immediately nipped in the bud.

It is our firm belief that the ongoing talks will meet the yearnings and aspirations of our demands and that of our overstretched and hardworking members in the interest of industrial peace and harmony.

Our solidarity remains constant!! For the Union makes us strong!!!

SIGNED:

COMRADE WILLIAMS AKPOREHA ,
NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF NUPENG,

COMRADE AFOLABI OLAWALE,
GENERAL SECRETARY OF NUPENG.

NUPENG, FES ORGANIZE 3-DAY MENTORING PROGRAMME FOR YOUNG TRADE UNIONISTS

As part of efforts to prepare women particularly young women in the task of taking over leadership roles in the Union through experience and information sharing, NUPENG in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, (a non-profit German foundation) successfully organized a 3-day Mentoring Training programme for mentors and mentees in NUPENG.

The programme started on Monday July 29, 2019 and was brought to a close on Wednesday July 31, 2019 at the National secretariat of NUPENG in Jibowu, Lagos State.

Participants were carefully drawn from various branches and zones of the Union whereby young trade unionists were thoroughly coached and educated for effective participation in strategic development plans through use of mentors to further strengthen trade union movements and security.

According to the programme philosophy, the voice of women and youths should be heard and reflect in the trade Union activities with balanced representation.

Moreover, the mentoring programme essentially seeks to prepare young female trade unionist to transfer knowledge and skills from experienced and seasoned members to young female members and thereby promoting professional competency and preparing the women for leadership positions and close gender leadership gaps.

The National President of NUPENG and the General Secretary, Comrade Williams Akporeha and Comrade Olawale Afolabi who came to cheer the participants on day one of the event and also during the final lap of the programme explained that the Mentoring programme was conceived to develop capacity among the women folks in the Union and to identify key challenges ahead of the Union in projecting women for leadership positions; develop effective skills to handle basic Trade Union Tasks and to mitigate against perceived marginalization of the women in the Union and other gender inequality issues.

They also took out time to take group photograph with the participants and the facilitators of the successful programme.

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NUPENG PUTS MEMBERS ON RED ALERT OVER CHEVRON NIGERIA LIMITED AND ITS CONTRACTORS BLATANT VIOLATION OF AGREEMENT WITH OIL & GAS UNIONS

PRESS STATEMENT

The leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) with deep frustration and worries would like to alert the general public and all relevant authorities of the blatant violation of agreement reached between Chevron Nigeria Limited Company and the Unions in the industry.

It is a public knowledge that the Unions in the Oil and Gas Industry had a protracted negotiation with Chevron Nigeria Limited over 70% Labour manpower reduction which they (Chevron) claimed was required in view of “so called” reductions in their operations in the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry.

The Unions in the Industry vehemently opposed this unpatriotic and inhumane move in view of the avowed commitment of the Unions to the protection of jobs of our members and considering the high level of unemployment in the Country which is directly responsible for the heightened insecurity and tensed situation in the Country

After up to one year negotiation brokered by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS)  and even Ministry of Labour,

Unfortunately, immediately after the agreement was reached, Chevron started executing the exercise in blatant violation of the agreed terms ostensibly to either put NUPENG in bad light as troublesome or for extinction because only NUPENG members have been exited from work leaving behind the Non- Unionised workers and PENGASSAN members.

It is further embarrassing to see that NUPENG executives are also part of those already locked out.

From our record, over 500 of NUPENG members are being exited.

We further learnt that the intention of Chevron is to change the contract to short term service contract and we see this as unfair and breach of agreement reached with us in bad faith.

For clarity, here are our demands from the management of Chevron:

  1. All NUPENG executives should be called back to work
  2. The percentage of reduction agreed should be spread to the three groups as agreed to avoid creating the impression that NUPENG was the target of the exercise. The good disposition of the new leadership of the NUPENG should not be taken for granted.
  3. Chevron should not be allowed to use this exercise to change the Labour Manpower contract to service contract in a disguised manner.

ULTIMATUM

Consequent on the above demand and having been pushed to the wall, NUPENG hereby puts all our members on red alert should Chevron Nigeria Limited and its Contractors fail to honour or comply with our demands within the next seven (7) days, we would also not hesitate to take all necessary legal options available to us; including industrial actions to press home our legitimate demands.

SIGNED:

COMRADE WILLIAMS AKPOREHA

NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF NUPENG

 

COMRADE AFOLABI OLAWALE.

GENERAL SECRETARY OF NUPENG

Happy Birthday To Comrade Oluchi Amaogu

One of the shining lights in NUPENG, Comrade Oluchi Amaogu, Principal Organizing Secretary overseeing Gender Desk celebrated her birthday anniversary on Sunday July 28, 2019 with family and church members, friends as well as well wishers.

Comrade Oluchi is widely known for her unbiased passion for Gender Equality and empowerment of women at work place which she considers as fundamental human rights, vital for economic growth, prosperity and competitiveness; these laudable and unique potentials in her have given her opportunities to travel far and wide in the larger insterest of the Union.

Impressively, the ethos of hard work, honesty, prudence, fiscal discipline and transparency are never seen to be compromised by this steadfast unionist in her line of duties.

While still being ingrained in the euphoria of the occasion of her birthday, we wish her abundant happiness and love and may all her dreams turn into reality and may abundant blessings visit her home today and always. Happy birthday to one of the virtuous and quintessential women we’ve ever known. Congratulations

NUPENG FELICITATES WITH MELE KYARI ON HIS APPOINTMENT AS NNPC GMD, BIDS MAIKANTI BARU FAREWELL

PRESS STATEMENT

The National Leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) profoundly felicitates with Mele Kyari on his career elevation and appointment as Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) by President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR).

NUPENG as a key stakeholder that plays pivotal role in the country’s Oil and Gas value chain uses this veritable medium to sincerely wish Mr. Kyari success in this new, crucial and challenging responsibility.

We equally salute President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) for his excellent choice of putting people with good pedigree, discipline, competence and high moral standard to superintend over sensitive positions with the capacity to drive our economy in positive direction.

NUPENG believes that the appointment is well deserved, considering Mele Kyari’s proven rectitude, accountability, personal accomplishments and excellent service in NNPC over the years as we can also attest to his solid track records and rich indelible experience, hoping that he would bring professionalism and true leadership to bear in managing this integral part of our country’s economy.

We sincerely wish that he will equally harness his experiences from previous offices, with dexterity to curb leakages, ensure peace in the entire industry both administratively and operationally.

We congratulate this silent achiever with class and finesse.

Meanwhile, NUPENG also wishes the former GMD, Dr Maikanti Baru well, as he finally bowed out from the corporation ceremoniously. We equally thank him most profoundly for engendering hospitable and excellent symbiotic relationship with us as an organization.

NUPENG will not forget so quickly when Dr Baru was appointed in 2016, he inherited a corporation in decay and in dire need of a new direction, and the global oil and gas industry isn’t disappointed as he impressively demonstrated uncommon determination to steer new and refreshing course for NNPC.

In line with the anti-corruption policy of the Buhari administration, Baru unveiled a well thought out initiatives to reinvigorate the Corporation. To his credit, he created an all-inclusive internal advisory council on security comprising representatives from NNPC, the IOCs, the Unions and security operatives to brainstorm and address host community agitations, implementation of new business models to grant needed autonomy to the strategic business units and autonomous business units within the corporation, provision of directions and control to ensure their growth and profitability, etc.

These amazing legacies that are worthy of emulation which he left behind will never be forgotten by all stakeholders. We therefore have no doubt in our minds that he will continue to excel and do Nigeria proud in any future capacity he finds himself.

Our solidarity remains constant for the Union makes us strong.

 

JOINTLY SIGNED BY:

COMRADE WILLIAMS AKPOREHA,

NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF NUPENG

 

COMRADE OLAWALE AFOLABI,

GENERAL SECRETARY OF NUPENG.

NUPENG HAILS PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI FOR RE-APPOINTMENTING ABBA KYARI AND BOSS MUSTAPHA

PRESS STATEMENT

The National Leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) heartily rejoice with Mr. Boss Mustapha and Mallam Abba Kyari on their re-appointment as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chief-of-Staff to President respectively.

For the records, the re-appointment of these two top illustrious officials of the government is an unbiased reward and recognition for their diligence, loyalty and patriotism as well as sincerity of purpose which they both offered during President Muhammadu Buhari’s first tenure in office.

It is our firm belief that lessons learnt from their first appointment will come handy and helpful for the realization of the administration’s good intention of taking Nigeria to the Next Level of socio-economic advancement as promised during the electioneering period.

As a socially responsible Union, it our joy to see a flourishing, safe, and investment friendly socio-economic clime accompanied by sound education, robust human capital development, abundant employment opportunities and capacity building initiatives for the youths, good health care system, increase infrastructure development and other basic needs of Nigerians in the next 4 years so that the people can be more united and be a force to be reckoned with in Africa and the world, thankfully President Buhari has magnanimously set the tone.

May God bless and prosper Nigeria.

Our solidarity remains constant for the Union makes us strong.

 JOINTLY SIGNED BY:

COMRADE WILLIAMS AKPOREHA,

NUPENG NATIONAL PRESIDENT,

 

COMRADE OLAWALE AFOLABI,

NUPENG GENERAL SECRETARY.

IN PICTURES: NUPENG Pays Condolence Visit to PENGASSAN Leadership Over Demise of Comrade Olabode Johnson

The National President and General Secretary of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) Comrade Williams Akporeha and Comrade Comrade Olawale Afolabi led a high-powered delegation of the Union to pay a condolence visit to the leadership of National Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) at their Secretariat in Lagos over the death of the Union’s President, Comrade Francis Olabode Johnson on Tuesday June 11, 2019.

Comrade Akporeha described the deceased as a committed, patriotic and amiable leader even as he made a fresh call for more united and virile NUPENGASSAN spirit.

The late Olabode Johnson burial arrangements are already slated for July 18 and 19, 2019 in Abuja.

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EXECUTIVE ORDER 5: NUPENG COMMENDS PRESIDENT BUHARI FOR TAKING ANOTHER POSITIVE STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

PRESS STATEMENT:

The National leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) profoundly applauds President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) for signing Executive Order 5 with the intent to improve Local Content in public procurement as well as in application of Science, Technology and Innovation towards achieving the nation’s development goals across all sectors of the economy.

We make bold to salute the courage and patriotism of Mr. President for prohibiting the Ministry of Interior in the Executive Order, from giving visas to foreign workers whose skills are readily available in Nigeria; and that where expertise is lacking, procuring entities will give preference to foreign companies and firms with a demonstrable and verifiable plan for indigenous development, prior to the award of such contracts.

It is indeed worthwhile to see this laudable presidential directive recommending that consideration shall only be given to a foreign professional, where it is certified by the appropriate authority that such expertise is not available in Nigeria. With no shred of doubt, this is new dawn for Nigerian workers.

Whilst we give kudos to Mr. President for starting his second term on a good footing in tandem with his ‘Next Level’ mantra, he should however not hesitate to ensure all relevant agencies are compelled to implement to the letter the new Executive Order without any form of delay and hindrance so as to foster value creation and addition in the Nigerian human capital development and utilization for material resources and services.

We also use this veritable medium to appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari that the application of the Local Content Law should be strongly geared towards the creation of decent permanent jobs for Nigerian workers.

The prevalence of casual/ indecent jobs in Nigeria, particularly in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry is appalling and highly disturbing in view of the high expectations and premium we collectively placed on Nigeria Content Development and Management Board right from the various struggles for its creation.

The current increasing youths disenchantment and frustrations evident by the rising tide of cultism, killings, kidnapping, suicide attempt, armed banditry, advance-fee scam, prostitution, and other social vices bedeviling our national life are derivatives of glaring failure of institutions and agencies that are responsible for the creation, protection and sustenance of decent jobs for Nigerian youths.

NUPENG as a key stakeholder in the Oil and Gas industry whose members have suffered varying infractions from the hands of different multinational companies as a result of infringement on the local content laws have good reasons to express profound gratitude to a government that obviously demonstrated firm sensitivity and responsiveness to the plight of its citizenry and ready to bring succour, particularly to our members who have experienced neglect from successive administrations under whose watch workers went through harrowing socio-economic and psychological torture with no respite.

The rank and file members of our Union will not hesitate to drag out and engage any individual, institutions or agencies that attempt to frustrate this patriotic and well intentioned executive order of  President Mohammadu Buhari.

May God bless and prosper Nigeria.

Our Solidarity remains constant for the Union makes us strong!!!

SIGNED:

COMRADE WILLIAMS AKPOREHA,
NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF NUPENG.