NUPENG Trains Organising Secretaries In Capacity Building

The National leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG has commenced the training of organizing secretaries drawn from all the zones of the Union in strategic capacity building through use of research.

The training programme was facilitated by Comrade Warren McGregor from a leading South Africa Research institution, University of Witwatersrand.

President of NUPENG, Comrade Williams Akporeha, during the opening ceremony of the training noted that the Union partnered the Fredrick Ebert Stiftung to achieve positive and desirable results.

He further stated that it was aimed at improving competencies and building a robust and fresh techniques in organising workers effectively and efficiently both from formal and informal sectors; whilst also admonishing participants to justify the essence of the training.

“This training will help to give you a greater understanding of your responsibilities within your role, and in turn build your confidence. This confidence will enhance your overall performance and this will benefit the Union positively. It will also help young organizers like you to display competence and to be on top of adding values to industry standards for optimum output. Therefore I urge you all to justify the essence of this training”

He added that the training was equally designed to build and maintain high level of professionalism on the part of the organizers, while ensuring workers’ fulfilment, conviction and satisfaction.

Some of the topics and activities the participants were engaged in included, general analysis of the political and economic contexts of Nigeria today, Locating and building Workers’ Power using Research, Situation of Nigerian workers and the Labour movement today, Economic ideologies that dominate the world (Neo-liberation,  Policy prescription), power resources approach, Research mapping techniques through use of vertical or horizontal approach, Structural and Associational Powers, Group Discussion, among other things.

 

NUPENG National Leadership Pays Courtesy Visit To Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State

Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu received in audience the national leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) led by the President of the Union, Comrade Williams Akporeha at the Government House, Alausa in Lagos
Friday, November 8, 2019.

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NUPENG NATIONAL LEADERSHIP FELICITATES WITH GEN. YAKUBU GOWON AT 85

The National leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) profoundly felicitates with Nigeria’s former Head of State (1966–75), General Yakubu Gowon (GCFR) on the occasion of his glorious and impactful 85th birthday anniversary.

On this auspicious moment of your life, the reminiscences of your bravery , commitment and indispensable service to keep Nigeria as one strong united and indivisible entity, and also for protecting our national sovereignty, remain applaudable in the annals of our nationhood.

We sincerely appreciate and celebrate your enviable patriotic roles in the affairs of our nation both locally and internationally, particularly in engendering political stability, socio-economic advancement as well as preaching the message of peaceful co-existence and national cohesion without bias or prejudice. There is hardly any major episode in Nigeria’s history and existence where your name and contribution would not positively and prominently resonate.

NUPENG can never forget, neither would we take for granted your unflinching support, encouragement and advice which contributed to the success of our 40th anniversary as a trade Union, an epochal event which essentially reflected NUPENG’s struggles, trials, successes and triumphs over the past four decades as well as hope for the future. Therefore celebrating you at a time like this is deserving and worthwhile.

As you age gracefully, the Oil and Gas workers will continue to look up to you for guidance and counsel to achieve our set objectives in entrenching decent and gainful employment for our members as well as upholding their rights and welfare.

It is our prayer that God Almighty will continue to endow you with sound health and grant you the strength to give your best to your family and the nation at large.

On behalf of the entire rank and file members of our great Union, we once again say, happy birthday to a great leader and moral icon.

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

Congratulations Sir!

SIGNED:

COMRADE WILLIAMS AKPOREHA,
NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF NUPENG,

COMRADE AFOLABI OLAWALE,
GENERAL SECRETARY OF NUPENG.

PTD Holds National Safety Training Programme For Tanker Drivers

The Lagos State Zonal Council of Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) Branch of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has observed the National Safety Training programme for tanker drivers on steering in the state.
The training which kicked-off at the popular King Celia hotel in Jibowu, Lagos on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 is expected to come to a close on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019. The training will equally extend to Ibadan at Mauve 21 events centre, Ibadan Adeoyo, roundabout, ring road Ibadan on Thursday 24th October, 2019.
The socially responsible Union noted that the essence of the training was to inculcate and deepen in the tanker drivers the culture of minimum safety standards, compliance to traffic rules and road safety signs, eschewing substance abuse and other risky behaviours while driving, etc.
Chief host of the programme and National Chairman of the Branch, Comrade (Otunba) Salimon Akanni Oladiti, though not physically present but was profoundly applauded and eulogized at the event on account of his vision and services to advance the policy thrust of the PTD as well as safeguarding the economic fortunes of Nigeria, particularly in the petroleum sector value chain, which NUPENG is a critical stakeholder.
In attendance on Tuesday was the General Secretary of NUPENG, Comrade Olawale Afolabi who gave insightful advice to the participants, advising them to justify the essence of the training they received and to also be frugal with their financial resources by saving for the rainy days and avoiding the pitfalls of life which could ruin their future. He used the National Chaiirman of PTD, Comrade (otunba) Salimon Akanni Oladiti as a good and genuine example they can emulate and use as a role model.
Apart from him, others who registered their presence and took active participation were Deputy President of NUPENG, Comrade Solomon Kilanko, Chairman of Lagos Zonal Council of NUPENG, Comrade Tayo Aboyeji, Chairman Lagos Zonal Council of PTD, his Deputy, and the Secretary, Comrade Olabisi Akinlolu, Comrade Omogbolahan Saheed Adigun, and Comrade Lawal Abidoye.
Others were, LASTMA Director on Traffic Management and Survey, Mr. Ositimehin Ayodele and his aide Temitayo Ajayi; Mr. Samuel Obayemi, Assistant Corp Marshal, Zonal Commanding Officer Zone 2 of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) (supervising Lagos/Ogun state) and senior officials of Federal Fire Service, etc.

GASTAB CEO, OMOGBOLAHAN SAHEED ADIGUN SALUTES PTD NATIONAL CHAIR, OTUNBA SALIMON AKANNI OLDAITI ON HIS BIRTHDAY

The Chairman/CEO of Gastab Global Haulage and Deputy Chairman of Lagos Zonal Council of Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) Branch of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Comrade (Alhaji) Omogbolahan Saheed Adigun has felicitated with the National Chairman of PTD, Comrade (Otunba) Salimon Akanni Oladiti on the occasion of his birthday anniversary.

 

Otunba Oladiti usually observes October 10 of every calendar year to celebrate his birthday, but not without expressing profound gratitude to God for divine protection and providence through thanksgiving and praise as a devoted christian.

 

In a message to the PTD Chair on Thursday which was personally signed by Comrade Omogbolahan Adigun, he described Oladiti as a man of destiny and bridge builder. He added that Oladiti’s arrival as the leader of PTD at this time was not fortuitous but a divinely ordained step to turn around the fortunes of the tanker drivers.

 

He said;

 

”I, Omogbolahan Saheed Adigun heartily felicitates with my amiable leader and mentor, Otunba Salimon Akanni Oladiti on the occasion of his birthday anniversary which took place on October 10. 2019.

 

This is a remarkable and auspicious day to celebrate success, resilience, excellence, hardwork, generosity, kindness, humility, optimism, patriotism, and many more as typified by this thoroughbred Ibadan illustrious entrepreneur. He is a man of destiny and bridge builder and he is indeed a success story in every ramification. I am therefore pleased to join friends, fellow Comrades, business partners, family members as well as well wishers to celebrate one of Nigeria’s greatest business moguls and philanthropists.

 

Otunba, who is currently the National Chairman of Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) Branch of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Chairman of SAO group of companies is no doubt a fine, well-bred, well-spoken gentleman, a consummate leader and an astute trade unionist and strategist who has brought discipline, decency, unity, transparency, and accountability to PTD branch of NUPENG, and has consistently presented himself as a quintessential leader with commitment and patriotism.

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I and my entire team at Gastab Global Haulage are deeply elated to celebrate this unique business crusader whose success has been resting on uncommon allegiance, perseverance, doggedness, sacrifice, sagacity, maturity, sincerity and foresightedness.

 

Otunba’s cerebral disposition, genuine consultation and remarkable progressive virtues have successfully converted the potentials of PTD into numerous enviable realities. Today, by the grace of God, PTD has its own world class hotel in Abuja and the branch has triumphed in building capacity in various business ventures. Otunba’s excellent style of leadership has impressively changed the negative perceptions people have about our members and this has fully restored our lost dignity and goodwill.

 

On this birthday of a reliable and an amazing Special Adviser to the President of NUPENG, Comrade (Prince) Williams Akporeha on Informal Sector, it is a unique opportunity to salute his selfless and unwavering commitment to humanity and astonishing accomplishments in life. I pray he would continue to usher in more grace to his success as he continues to further manifest his destined greatness. I have no iota of doubt his mega vision, octopus mission and unassailable journey of purposeful and selfless service to humanity would continue to magnify. May God bless him more, bless his family and business and I wish him long life. Happy birthday to you sir.” the message concluded.

TEXT OF NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF NUPENG AFTER CWC MEETING ON FRIDAY SEPT 27, 2019

FULL TEXT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA UNION OF PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS WORKERS (NUPENG), COMRADE (PRINCE) WILLIAMS AKPOREHA, AT THE END OF THE CENTRAL WORKING COMMITTEE MEETING (CWC) OF THE UNION AT JIBOWU ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019

Good afternoon gentlemen and ladies of the fourth estate of the realm, we deeply cherish your timely response to our invitation to this important press conference inspite of your tight schedule in your respective beats.

Today’s invitation is essentially designed to draw the attention of Nigerian Government and all relevant stakeholders in the Oil and Gas industry to the numerous germane issues that are impacting and affecting the interest and affairs of our members, as you are aware that our primary objectives are to promote, defend and advance the economic, social rights and wellbeing of our hard working members.

In pursuant of our core mandates as enumerated above, CWC-in-Session is deeply alarmed by several challenging situations that are confronting our industry and the nation at large which are directly responsible to the increasing levels of poverty and unemployment in the Country.

1.  INDECENT EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS TERMS

There is a growing trend of indecent employment contract system of three, six and maximum of twelve months being introduced and practiced by the International oil Companies (IOCs) and their Labour Contractors in the Oil and Gas Industry and is a major concern to the leadership of NUPENG.

CWC-in-session seriously frowns at this imposition of indecent work condition by various International Oil Companies (IOCs) and their local collaborators as it is illegal, unfair, and inhuman to keep giving a worker three, six and twelve months employment contract and keep rolling it over for several years.

Our statutory institutions and agencies saddled with the responsibility of protecting Workers job interest must start addressing these challenges of workers exploitation and abuses now.

Nigerian labour laws are being flagrantly flouted with impunity by the employers, while our Statutory Agencies and institutions are fiddling and sadly the situation is getting worse by the day.

NUPENG wonders what sort of maximisation of Nigerian’s participation in the Oil and Gas operations will arise from the present unhealthy contract circle in the industry which has the strength to further impoverish workers in the Oil and Gas industry.
We demand immediate stop to this unfortunate trend in the interest of industrial peace and harmony.

2.  ANTI LABOUR POSTURES OF OIL AND GAS COMPANIES

CWC-in-Session is calling on the Federal Government and other relevant authorities for the umpteenth time, to call to order Multinational and Indigenous Oil and Gas Companies that are constantly exhibiting anti Union postures through refusal to allow unionization of Contract workers, refusal to negotiate, refusal to recognize workers already organized, Multiple Fragmentation of Contracts to frustrate the efforts of the Union in organizing the workers.

It also includes, treating labour relations issues with contempt and disdain to the extent of refusing implementation on rulings of Industrial Arbitration Panels whenever it goes against the wishes of the affected companies.

It is regrettable to note that NAOC and its Service Contractors have refused to review the service workers’ condition of service since 2012, hiding under the guise of litigation which has nothing to do with the Union.

No one should take the patience of the Union for weakness or abandonment of our responsibility; we have waited this long so as not to give room for misinterpretation of our actions. We will not hesitate to take some decisive actions in coming weeks if these situations are not immediately ameliorated; some of these companies include NEST Oil and its Contractors, Shell Petroleum Development Companies with its Contractors, Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) and its Contractors such as WAEP, MIDIS Nig Ltd, RYPAC, D.A ENTERPRISES, Slumberger Nigeria Limited with its Contractors and AMCON as it affects ASCOT.

3.  INVOLVING/GRANTING OF CONTRACTS WITHOUT RECRUITER’S LICENSE/ NON IMPLEMENTATION OF RECRUITERS’LICENSE CLAUSES IN THE LABOUR LAW.

More worrisome to the Union is the involving and awarding of jobs to contractors without Recruiter’s Licenses in the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry. It is very obvious that many Labour Contractors being engaged by Oil and Gas Companies in Nigeria are not registered as Recruiter in clear violation of the extant laws on being licensed as a Labour Recruiter.

This has seriously impacted negatively on the conditions of work of those being recruited. There is massive exploitation and abuse of Workers’ rights to the extent of wicked elopement of Contract workers severance benefits by Contactors to these Oil Companies. Some of these cases we have include Virtual Travel Network that eloped with terminal benefits of 48 NAOC Contract Workers since 2015 and Logistics Facility Affairs (LFA) a Contractor with Chevron Nigeria Limited that also ran away with Workers final entitlement.

Extremely disturbing is the fact that Labour Contracts are awarded to Contracting Companies who do not only have recruiter’s licenses but also with no operational offices or fixed addresses. A Nigerian would work under harsh and hard conditions for several years receiving peanuts and yet when the contract ends, his/her severance benefits are stolen away by contractors hired by an international oil companies. Most times when confronted, these IOCs feign ignorance of the whereabouts of these portfolio Contractors/ Recruiters.

Meanwhile, the existing guidelines and Labour Act clearly state that, ‘‘Every Contractor shall have Recruiter’s License and it shall be an offence for a Principal Oil Company to deal with a Contractor without Recruiters’ License.’’

The leadership of this Union is however resolved and ready to activate the instrument of the law and all other legitimate means as recognized by the Labour Laws and conventions to fight this apparent injustice, retrogression, humiliation and inhuman treatments meted on Nigerian Oil and Gas workers.

4.  REHABILITATION OF PETROLEUM DEPOTS/REFINERIES IN NIGERIA

CWC-in-Session also uses this opportunity to further appreciate the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari for assuring Nigerians that the full rehabilitation of Nigeria’s three refineries in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna will commence in January 2020 with the assurance to have them working in their full working capacities by 2022. For us as a key stakeholder in the industry we see this as good news which should be commended and applauded.

Consequently, CWC-in-Session found it necessary to once again commend the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) particularly the Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, who on Saturday, September 21, 2019 re-commissioned the Ancient Ilorin City’s NNPC/PPMC Depot, thereby boosting access of Ilorin, Kwara State, and its environs to petroleum products supply and distribution for the benefit of all Nigerians.

As a Union with sound operational and institutional history of the Oil and Gas industry, we are aware that the Ilorin Depot is part of the corporation’s System 2B Pipeline Network which was knocked down more than eight years ago due to acts of economic sabotage and lack of political will.

While we acknowledged NNPC’s success in restoring Ilorin Depot, we also want the GMD and his very visionary and hardworking team to extend this laudable gesture to various Strategic Petroleum Products Depots across the Country, like those in Ore, Benin, Jos, Makurdi, Gusau, Suleja, Aba by revitalizing and resuscitating them to their full capacities in the interest of Nigerians and this we are sure will build capacity, save cost and introduce an era of steady and uninterrupted production curve that will grow the Oil and Gas industry.

However, CWC-in-Session is also grossly concerned that the strategic refinery depots of Warri, Kaduna and Port Harcourt are not being fully utilized despite the fact that they are in very good and functional conditions; they are not being fully used for the distribution of NNPC mostly imported products, while private depots continue to have full patronage.

As a result of this, our members in these areas are suffering and wallowing in idleness.

CWC-in-Session therefore urges NNPC management to reconsider the decision of not sending most of their imported petroleum products to Warri, Kaduna and Port Harcourt refinery depots as mentioned earlier.

CWC-in-Session wants to make it abundantly clear that NUPENG fully supports the use of other private depots, especially depots outside Lagos as one of the realistic solutions to decongest the gridlock in Apapa and easing the problem of petroleum products supply and distribution for domestic, commercial and industrial utilization in the country without hitches.

5.  SPEEDY PASSAGE OF PIB

CWC-in-Session once again reaffirms its belief of the enormous gains Nigeria will get if this Bill is eventually passed, signed into law and duly implemented, it would be of greater value in obliterating challenges of the Industry as well as create sustainable foundation for industrial growth and prosperity.

NUPENG boldly offers our full support and readiness to work with the executive and legislative arms of government and other industry stakeholders to ensuring the actualization of this lofty reform in the entire Oil and Gas value chain.

The Union is however pleased that the leadership of the two new chambers of the 9th National Assembly emerged without much division and have boldly and openly declared their readiness to make use of lessons learnt from the pitfalls that prevented the success of previous National Assembly in passing this all important Bill.

6.  BAD ROADS

CWC-in-Session is utterly pained by the deplorable state of Nigerian roads with its attendant disruption of smooth supply and distribution of petroleum products to many parts of the country. The daily feedback we get from Petroleum Tanker Drivers Branch of our Union who traverse the length and breadth of the country through the use of these poor road infrastructure are very disturbing and the situation is making their economic activities grossly turbulent, herculean and unpleasant on a daily basis.

It is very heart-rending, seeing Petroleum Tanker Drivers spending weeks on the roads across the country as a result of poor conditions of our roads which is giving rise to serious accidents, damages to their trucks and exposure to other roads hazards which ordinarily could have been averted if the roads were to be in perfect conditions.

Some of these deplorable highways include:

1)       Bida-Mokwa-Jebba road
2)       Oyo-Ogbomoso road
3)       Ilorin road
4)       Benin-Warri road
5)       Benin-Auchi-Okene road
6)       Enugu-Onisha road
7)       Calabar-Itu road
8)       Eleme-Onne Express road, Eleme area, East West road
9)       Port Harcourt-Aba-Ikot Ekpene road

As a responsible and law abiding but resolute and vibrant Union, we have not and still would not renege in ensuring adherence to minimum safety standards for our tanker drivers and the general road users.

In the light of this, NUPENG therefore uses this medium to put a clarion call to the Federal Government to expedite action on repairing all the bad roads within the 6 geo-political zones of Nigeria, so as to assuage the suffering of Nigerians who are passing through this excruciating and avoidable circumstance. We’re convinced that Government’s swift response will help not to make this situation go out of control.

7.  INSECURITY

As conscious, enlightened and seasoned Labour Correspondents, you will recall that NUPENG and her sister Union, PENGASSAN held a joint Press Conference earlier in September to express our displeasure over the spate of insecurity in the country and unfortunately our members have continued to live in fear as the mostly targeted group by these social scourge and menace.

The Oil and Gas workers are constantly threatened by the boldness and brazen manner that these bandits carry out their nefarious activities ranging from intimidation, bombings, oil and gas pipelines vandalism, suicide attacks, killing of security agents, unarmed innocent people, burning of Police stations, kidnapping, raping of school girls and women to mention a but a few.

The state of insecurity is also discouraging to Investors as no sane person will invest in an unsafe and insecure environment. Thus, the deepening level of poverty and unemployment situation will continue unabated.

We therefore use this veritable medium to once again reiterate the call to the Government of Nigeria to urgently find solutions to the increasing rate of insecurity of lives and properties in the country which is causing massive negative impacts and effects on investment and citizenry livelihoods.

It is our wish like every other sane Nigerians 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.

On this note and on behalf of the Central Working Committee of our great and indefatigable Union I say thank you for your apt attention and attendance.

Our Solidarity remains constant!! For the union makes us strong!!!!

We shall overcome; thank you and God bless us all.

IN PICTURES: NUPENGASSAN Pays Courtesy Visit To NNPC GMD, Mele Kyari

The National Leaderships of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria under the aegis of  NUPENGASSAN paid a courtesy visit to the newly appointed Group General Manager of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at the conference hall in NNPC Towers, FCT, Abuja.

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NUPENG Former President, Comrade Akpatason Decorated As Asst. Commissioner, Lagos State Scout Council

Deputy Majority Leader of the Federal House of Representatives, and former National President of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Rt. Hon. (Comrade) Peter Ohiozojeh Akpatason was on Saturday September 7, 2019 decorated as member, Lagos State Scout Council Management Committee and simultaneously promoted as Assistant State Scout Commissioner for Admin and Finance in Lagos State Scout Council.
 
Thanking the association for the honour, Apkatason, a lawmaker representing Akoko-Edo Federal Constituency, affirmed that one of the ways to address the spate of social vices in the country is to engage youths in scouting acknowledging that the scout movement was notable for preaching strong values.
 
He blamed the moral decadence and prevalence of crimes such as Internet fraud, especially among the youth, on deviation from the societal values and ethos. The lawmaker also promised to support the Bill being sponsored by the Scout Movement in the National Assembly and how it could gained physical presence at the institution.
 
Felicitating with Akpatason, an astute trade unionist at the investiture ceremony was the current National President of NUPENG), Comrade (Prince) Williams Akporeha.
 
”Today, I am particularly excited that I’m part of this deserving honour that was bestowed on my Senior brother, mentor and friend, Hon (Comrade) Akpatason. He is a great man who left enduring and enviable legacies in NUPENG. For some of us who followed him closely when he was NUPENG President, we would always love to be identified with him anywhere he is being honoured.
 
This honour is not just for him alone but for all of us he had mentored. I therefore appeal to stakeholders across board to revive Scout movement at Primary and Secondary school levels. it is an organization with global recognition and capacity to develop the youths into good citizenship, chivalrous behaviour, and skill in various outdoor activities” he said.
 
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Scout Commissioner, Alhaji Olohuntoyin Adebesin on his part disclosed that the core value of the association was to instill moral values in youths and make them better leaders for societal good.
 
Adebesin pointed out that scouting had produced renowned leaders in the world, including an erstwhile President of the United States, Barack Obama, and former President Olusegun Obasanjo among others.
 
He said, “Scouting changes the view of the youths and make them better leaders. It is because we don’t create time to engage the youths that we are facing major vices here and there. If we engage them and redirect their energy towards something that will benefit them, we will have a better society.”
 
Hon Akpatason, clad in full uniform of the Scout was officially decorated by Engineer Gilbert Akinlawon alongside with Lagos State Scout Commissioner, Alhaji Adebesin and Mrs Onome John.
 
Others in attendance were Deputy President of NUPENG, Comrade Solomon Kilanko, Branch Chairman of SUTAKEP, Comrade Israel Omokero, National Security Adviser, Comrade Roland Abu, Chairman Lagos/Warri Zonal Council of NUPENG, Comrade Tayo Aboyeji, Comrade Iyere Innocent, Mr Simon Ogie, a Shell Manager (Finance), Deputy General Secretary of NUPENG (Finance/Account), Comrade Anthony Chukwu.
 
Also in attendance were Principal Assistant General Secretary in charge of Research and Public Affairs, Comrade Adamson Momoh, Head of Lagos Zone, Comrade Lanre Badmus, Comrade Emmanuel Ajibulu, Senior Organising Secretary (Media/Publicity), Olusoga Shofolahan, as well as family members, friends and well wishers.

NUPENGASSAN CONDEMNS THE SPATE OF INSECURITY IN NIGERIA, CALLS FOR URGENT GOVERNMENTAL AND SOCIETAL REVALUATION AND PARADIGM SHIFTS

PRESS STATEMENT

The National leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) under the aegis of NUPENGASSAN is grossly disturbed with the massive impacts and effects of the state of insecurity and various crimes in the country on the overall profile and image of Nigeria in the global landscape.

The Unfortunate situation has given rise to unprecedented loss of faith and confidence in the Nation, giving room for calls for alternative lines of action that are irresponsible and unpatriotic by some parochial and selfish interest groups.

We are utterly saddened by the apparent loss of control over the activities of bandits in all sections of the country. Every daily headline (locally and globally) is replete with gory stories of killings, kidnapping, ritualism, cultism, human trafficking, rape and all sorts.
We are deeply dumbfounded by the boldness and brazen manner that these bandits carry out their nefarious activities ranging from intimidation, bombings, suicide attacks, killing of security agents, unarmed innocent people, burning of Police stations, kidnapping, raping of school girls and women to mention a but a few.

Sadly, these nefarious acts have put Nigeria amongst the ignoble terrorist countries of the world, with serious implications for the much desired national development and growth. Frankly speaking, no Nation can make any serious progress when lives of people (citizens and foreigners) are constantly in danger.

Some politicians and political office holders are also contributors in no small measure to this security challenge bedeviling our Nation as a result of their desperate bid for power which gives rise to the proliferation of guns and creation of armed thugs across the land.

As a direct beneficiary of the negative effects of the ugly cases of kidnappings, killings and assassinations which have put the lives of our members and the general public in danger, NUPENGASSAN hereby draws the attention of the top echelon of the Security Agencies to the rot in their respective organizations and implore them to address the issue by smoking out the bad eggs within their folds for the sake of national interest which is expected to be above pecuniary interests. We should have Security Agencies that the people can trust to offer useful intelligence reports and our security officers should be properly trained, equipped and motivated enough to act on such information to smash these criminal gangs before they strike.

However, it would be uncharitable for us to ignore the patriotism, dedication, commitment and resilience of some of our gallant security operatives in the Military, Department of State Services (DSS), Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Immigration, Customs so far, in making effort to curtail the upsurge and onslaught of Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, militancy, kidnapping as well as activities of separatists and armed militias, among others.

For us as concerned relevant stakeholders, it has become necessary and expedient for us at a time like this to urgently alert the Federal Government of the grave dangers that the current situation is posing on the image of our country and the multiplying impacts on the livelihood of the citizenry; we therefore use this veritable medium to make a clarion call on the government and those saddled with the responsibility of securing lives and properties to rise to the occasion by stemming the tide of insecurity and other emerging crimes in order to protect and stabilize our overall socio-economic and political interests.

The mandate given to this Government is sacred and requires much more than any political affiliation or considerations. Our lives, sources of livelihood and comfort depend largely on this sacred mandate. Government must be seen to be capable, committed and consistent in discharging its responsibilities, the very basic of which is security of lives and properties. There should be no sacred cow in the bid to rid this Country of these unscrupulous elements and no stone should be left unturned

As responsible and responsive organizations, NUPENG and PENGASSAN will not keep silent and watch the Nation be turned into a banana republic. Our members continue to live in fear as the mostly targeted group by these bandits.

Nevertheless, we would not renege in doing our best to support the Government as we are aware that the success and prosperity of Nigeria is a collective responsibility but the Government of the day is hereby reminded that the buck stops on its table. It should therefore not hesitate to rejig its security architecture for optimal performance, so that Nigerians can experience the much desired, peace, security of lives and properties and a more investment enabling environment for all. In the end, there would be safety nets to cater for unemployment, youth empowerment, human capital development and capacity building.

May God bless and prosper Nigeria.

JOINTLY SIGNED BY:

Comrade Ndukaku Michael Ohaeri,
President PENGASSAN,

Comrade Williams Akporeha,
President NUPENG,

Comrade Lumumba .I. Okugbawa, MNIM,
PENGASSAN General Secretary,

Comrade Olawale Afolabi,
General Secretary NUPENG.