NUPENG Simultaneously Pickets Variant Energy Services In Lagos & Port Harcourt Offices Over Anti Labour Practices

Members of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) today, Thursday July 9, 2020 simultaneously staged two separate peaceful protests at the Victoria Island, Lagos and Trans Amadi Layout, Port Harcourt offices of Variant Energy Services, over what it described as anti labour practices by the company.

The picketing began very early in the morning with the affected workers holding placards with various inscriptions and chanting solidarity songs to drive home their legitimate demands from their recalcitrant employer.

Some of the inscriptions on the placards read:

‘’Enough is enough over master–slave dialectic’’, ’’ Workers are not slaves’’, ’’Pay us our terminal benefits’’, ’’Pay us our money’’, “there shall be no peace for debtors’’.

Further inscriptions on the placards are “We say no to Variant Energy anti Labour posturing”,  “Variant Energy thief!!!”, “Operation pay us our money on course”, “EFCC do your job on Valiant Energy!”, “Variant Energy  must be punished for violating labour/employment guidelines”, “injury to one is injury to all, Variant Energy must repent in the interest of industrial peace”, “NUPENG can no longer be hoodwinked” etc.

Reacting to the protest in Lagos Comrade Tayo Aboyeji, Chairman of NUPENG Lagos Zone, said the Union is a law abiding one but its patience and understanding have been taken for granted by Variant Energy Services as well as their collaborators. He stressed that the action of the management of the company is somewhat provocative and an affront to the global best practices, decency and integrity in the oil and gas industry.

Comrade Aboyeji strongly condemned the unlawful termination of the employment of NUPENG members on the 28th of October, 2019 in very dubious manner and in violation of provisions of the extant labour law and failure of the management of Valiant Energy Services to pay the terminal benefits of the affected workers.

The well organized trade unionists in their large numbers defiled early morning downpour all wearing face masks and carefully observing social distancing protocols and guidelines maintained that they can no longer tolerate the flippant attitude of the management of the company and their principal company, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited.

Similarly, the Admin Head of the Port Harcourt Zonal office of NUPENG, Comrade Chinda Ejims on his part decried the flagrant refusal of the management to honour the path of peaceful negotiation and also frowned at the use of COVID-19 pandemic and slide in the global crude oil prices as part of the excuses to inhumanly and retrogressively rationalize anti labour practices at the expense of the already impoverished and depressed workers.

He noted that indecent work conditions, nonpayment of severance package for workers whose jobs had been terminated laden with flagrant and unprocedural behaviour would be justifiably resisted at all cost.

Address To The Press By NUPENG President Comrade Williams Akporeha, July 2, 2020

ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF NUPENG, COMRADE (PRINCE) WILLIAMS AKPOREHA AT THE END OF THE VIRTUAL NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (NEC)

MEETING OF THE UNION ON JULY 2ND, 2020

Gentlemen of the Press,

I am very delighted to welcome you all to the National Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) to share with us some of the outcomes and resolutions taken at the end of the Virtual National Executive Council meeting of our great Union today.

I wish to use this medium to commend the media for the wonderful work the media has been rendering to humanity even in this period of Covid-19 pandemic, through education and information to the public.

We are all aware that Covid-19 pandemic has profoundly altered every aspects of humanity. New Socio- economic realities have been foisted on the world and everyone has been forced into accepting the new world order.

There is also no denying the fact that Covid-19 pandemic has taken massive toils on all working people all over the world. Many have lost their lives, some infected and many others lost their sources of income and livelihood.

COMMENDATIONS

Gentlemen of the Press, on behalf of the leadership of our great Union, we want to specially call out for appreciation and commendations, all our indomitable and irrepressible members who in the face of all the risks and challenges of the period, have been out there day and night working hard to keep the economy of our great country running and productive.

These are highly productive and patriotic Nigerians in crude oil and natural gas prospecting, drilling, refining and distribution including but not limited to the Petroleum Tanker Drivers, Petrol Stations Workers, Depot Workers, Independent/ Major Marketers Workers etc.

We salute your courage, commitment and selfless service to the nation. You have kept our nation moving and the wheels of the machines in our factories running. Through your gallant efforts the economy of our great nation refuses to go under. The good Lord will reward you in multiple folds.

The Union is aware that some of them in the course of carrying out these onerous tasks have been infected and murdered by Security Agents during this period. We commiserate with the families of those who lost their beloved ones and empathize with those affected and infected by the pandemic. We assure all of you of our continuing prayers and support to you and your families.

Let me also on behalf of the leadership appreciate some of our employers who have been consistently showing empathy and support to their workers during this trying period.

We are aware and recognize the fact that businesses have also suffered so many setbacks during this period and every employer that still respects and guarantees worker’s rights and benefits deserves our appreciation and commendations.

Prominent amongst these companies who have shown remarkable empathy and support to Workers at this auspicious times include Indorama Eleme Petrochemical Plc in Port-Harcourt, Chevron Nigeria Limited and to a great extent, Total E&P and Total Nigeria, we hope that other international oil companies (IOC’s) like Exxon Mobil, Shell Petroleum Development Company and indigenous Companies/ Contractors would emulate the aforementioned companies by protecting jobs, rights and benefits of their workforce including contract workers and service providers.

The leadership of our great Union also commends the Honourable Minister of Labour, and Employment, (Senator) Dr. Chris Ngige, and Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva for their commitment and untiring efforts in saving jobs and making quick interventions on all matters of unfair labour practices by some IOC’s and ingenious Companies/Contractors during this period of Covid-19 pandemic.

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS ISSUES

The wake of the Covid-19 outbreak brought about several issues of work closures, redundancies and unfair labour practices by some employers in the oil and gas industry.

Unfortunately, some employers in the industry have been exploiting the situation of Covid-19 to embark on unbridled declarations of redundancies without any form of empathy or consideration for the productive efforts of these workers before Covid-19.

As usual, our Union responded appropriately to these issues concerning the massive wave of loss of employment in the Nigeria oil and gas industry by taking them before various institutions and agencies of the Federal Government. These issues are not limited only to redundancies being declared but coupled as well with that other sharp practices being perpetrated by some companies in the industry to exploit and impoverish Nigerian workers in the midst of the current Covid-19 pandemic.

  1. The first of such unscrupulous indigenous employer our Union is calling out is MR. ADLOR .A. UWAMU the owner of Valiant Energy Services West Africa and Vicadis Enterprises Nigeria Limited, Labour Contractor to Borr Drilling Nigeria Limited for running away with workers terminal entitlements. Workers in this matter, who are our members, had their employment unlawfully terminated on the 28th of October, 2019 in very dubious and wicked manners while the employer absconded with their last month salary and final entitlements in violation of provisions of the extant labour law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

These workers worked on the Rig of Borr Drilling Nigeria Limited for TOTAL E&P and Shell Petroleum Development Company during this period.

  1. ADOLOR .A. UWAMU’s stock in trade is setting up of multiple companies with wicked intentions to dupe his employees at the end of every contract, gain undue advantage in securing contracts and avoid statutory obligations to all levels of government in the country.

Our findings reveal, that Mr. Adolor further set up the following five companies, all with same management and housed in same official address at 43 Power Line Road, Kajola Magboro, Ogun State. These companies are:

1       Ilantrisant Limited

2       Caplina Limited

3       Ilandudno Limited

4       Pastunwali Limited

5       Mantrax Limited

Since we reported this matter to Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, MR. ADOLOR .A. UWAMU has been avoiding all invitations and calls from the Ministry and other Government Agencies thereby frustrating every effort to make him account for his misdeeds. It should be noted here, that he may be hiding away from government institutions; he cannot hide from the Union and in few days, we shall commence some actions against him across the Country.

The action of management to say the least is very provocative and an affront to global best practices, decency and integrity in the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry. MR. ADOLOR .A. UWAMU and his various companies are bad examples of Nigerian businessmen and must be held accountable.

We shall use all the powers at our disposal to get justice for our members.

  1. Mobil Producing Unlimited – As you may be aware, Exxon Mobil has no single permanent Nigerian in its employment from the middle level to lower level cadre. The company does not deem it fit and proper for Nigerian Polytechnic and vocational schools graduates to be employed and has further directed its Contractors to terminate 257 of Contract workers in its operations while the Management keeps using the excuse of the lockdown not to engage with the Union. Those affected by the action even include elected Union executives.
  2. XEPAMEADOW – The issues of refusal to negotiate Collective Bargaining Agreement with the workers and recognizing workers rights in the workplace have been lingering for the past 10 years with the Contractor colluding with Chevron Nigeria Limited to deny the workers these rights even after the Federal Ministry of Labour had ruled and advised on the matter appropriately.
  3. ARCO vs General Electric vs FIRS – The continuing refusal of General Electric to refund back to ARCO the sum total of the over deducted withholding tax running into millions of Naira and Dollars deducted from ARCO account and remitted to FIRS is a matter of serious concern to the rank and file members of our Union and its attendance effect on the ARCO workers who are our members.

The terminal entitlements of our members have suffered unnecessary delays over the sudden emergence of new condition for the refund.

We demand very strongly that General Electric should without further delay find ways and means to pay back this money. The patience of our members has been overstretched on this matter. The leadership of both NUPENG and PENGASSAN have resolved to take some decisive actions on this matter very soon if the refund is not made.

We therefore call on the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment and the Nigeria Local Contents Monitoring and Development Board to use their good offices to passionately consider the plight of the poor workers that have toiled for several years for this money at the center of the matter and to rescue a genuine Nigerian employer from the antics of General Electric.

F        IPPIS ISSUE AND DELAYED SALARIES

The leadership of NUPENG and PENGASSAN are seriously concerned over the ways and manners Oil and Gas workers are being treated on the issue of IPPIS and the unwholesome suspension of payment of salaries and allowances of our members in those institutions that are affected. It is unfair and inhuman to owe workers salary for upward of three months in this hard period of Covid-19. We urgently call on the Federal Ministry of Petroleum to wade into this matter before it degenerates further than this.

G        FEDERAL STIMULUS FUND FOR PETROLEUM HAULAGE SECTOR

We wish to urgently draw the attention of the Federal Government to the harrowing experiences of the Owners of Petroleum Trucks in the Country. As you all know the only means of moving petroleum products across the country is by roads using the trucks. We can confidently tell you that this means of distribution is presently endangered and require urgent Federal Government stimulus intervention fund to prevent it from total collapse. A stitch in time saves nine as the saying goes.

DEPLORABLE STATE OF OUR ROADS

We are shocked at the lackadaisical attitude of States and Federal Governments to the issues of addressing the degenerating state of Nigeria roads before the coming of the current raining season despite all our warnings for them to make necessary construction, repairs and maintenance of all our roads, which are now in parlous state and becoming practically impassable.

Most of the nation’s highways are becoming death traps for our members, most especially the highways in the Calabar-Itu-Uyo, Port-harcourt – Aba, Mokwa-Jebba – Kaduna, Port-Harcourt – Owerri, Warri-Benin-Auchi-Okene-Lokoja stretch of the country.

EXTORTION BY SECURITY AGENTS

The issues of bad roads is further compounded by the various security agencies who now set up multiple check points on these deplorable roads to further exploit and extort money from motorists. Petroleum Tanker Drivers are the worst hit by the exploitative tendencies of these unscrupulous security agencies.

The brazen extortion of our members, especially during this Covid-19 pandemic was really disconcerting and unfortunate. As a Union, we cannot continue to fold our hands and watch our members, who toil day and night, in the rain, cold and sunshine to make our economy grow to keep suffering like this.

In the light of the above, we are giving the Federal Government a two-week ultimatum to

  • Commence total rehabilitation of these roads to save lives and properties as we can no longer tolerate the current situation of things.
  • Immediately address the issue of multiple road blocks and extortions from all its security agents mainly, the Army, Police, Civil Defense Corps, if not addressed, we may be forced to embark on a serious industrial action to drive home our case. Enough is enough of these molestation, harassment, exploitation and extortion by these uniformed men. From Monday 6th July all our Tanker Drivers are to commence putting green leaves in front of their trucks and from Monday 13th July we shall commence two (2) hours morning prayers at every loading location and stop over spots for Petroleum Tanker Drivers.

INSECURITY IN THE LAND

The Union is again very worried about rampant cases of banditry, kidnapping, killings of innocent Nigerians especially in the northern parts of the country.

We are also perturbed about the spate of attacks by unknown herdsmen on farmers in the Southern part of the Country. It is so sad to see gory stories of deaths, kidnapping, robbery, rape and destruction on our daily media headlines.

We call on the Federal Government to restructure the security architecture to make it more proactive in tackling these security issues that are gradually becoming endemic.

We cannot afford to allow evil men take over the land and subject our people to gruesome deaths and perpetual fear.

Be that as it may, I want to sincerely thank you all for your attention and God bless.

Stay safe to stay alive!!!

NUPENG 2020 MAY DAY MESSAGE

PRESS STATEMENT:

The National Leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), heartily felicitates and salutes the Nigerian working class people, most especially, those in the Oil and Gas industry on this auspicious occasion of 2020 May Day, a day specifically set aside to celebrate and commemorate workers’ economic significance and social worth to humanity.

Sadly and unfortunately, 2020 May Day came with unprecedented issues and challenges arising from the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic. The unfortunate situation has regrettably deprived working class people the usual unique atmosphere and opportunity to engage in the traditional parades, speech-making, rallies, merriments, funfair and other activities that are associated with this special moment on yearly basis.

Notwithstanding, NUPENG is using this opportunity to commend and appreciate all frontline working people who are on daily basis being exposed to risks of infections and deaths due to complications of Covid 19 as humanity engages the unseen enemy in the strange global war.

We salute the indomitable and patriotic fighting spirit of Oil and Gas workers, medical workers, law enforcement agents, market men/women, farmers, journalists, Drivers and other essential services workers for their invaluable services to the nation.

We pray that God will continue to protect and strengthen them in this struggle, as they discharge their very humane, legitimate and selfless essential services to humanity.

It is very imperative for us to use this opportunity to implore the Federal Government and other levels of governments to deepen the spread and expand the quantity of the palliative measures/ materials being put in place to cushion the impacts and effects of the pandemic and its associated lockdown on economic activities and earning powers of individuals and corporate entities.

Most importantly among the indigents and most vulnerable segments of the society so as to ease their pains, discomfort and hardship, so that there could be relative respite and peace in the society.

The Union also empathizes with various employers of labour across board, particularly in the Oil and Gas industry and expresses willingness to cooperate and work together with them in this turbulent journey for the survival of humanity and the challenges of revamping our workplaces.

We shall be together when the sun rises once again and our machines in various factories roar back to life.

It is very important to note here, that, we received with deep sense of relief and hope, the report of the offer of the Department of Petroleum Resources to support the operations of Oil and Gas Companies during the perilous period so as to avoid stoppage of operations and unnecessary loss of jobs by workers.

On this promising note, we strongly implore Oil and Gas Companies not to exploit the current disturbing situation to declare unnecessary redundancies or inflict precarious and unfair labor practices on the workers that are already emotionally and psychologically traumatized.

The fear of how the workers are going to fare against the unknown enemy and the current economic hardships are already creating social upheavals to such an extent that any further loss of jobs in our industry would achieve nothing but complications and aggravation of an already bad situation.

This is the time we should all come together to develop ways and means to save human race from the pandemic rather than being preoccupied with issues of pecuniary gains.

We earnestly demand for mutual sacrifices and cooperation so that we can collectively defeat Covid 19 and the associated hunger in the land for a better tomorrow.

On this note, we enjoin all Nigerian workers to remain steadfast, disciplined, patriotic and patiently observe the rules of social distancing, washing of hands with soap and water, maintain good personal and respiratory hygiene and avoid non essential movements etc, even after the mandatory lockdown is relaxed or finally over.

Finally, the leadership of the NUPENG further enjoins all our members to persevere and exercise extreme restraints at all times, as tough times don’t last but tough people do. Let us remain united and avoid divisive tendencies, because our unity is our strength.

Our Solidarity must remain constant for the Union makes us strong.

Happy May Day to Nigeria Oil and Gas workers and the entire working class people all over the world.

Signed:

COMRADE (PRINCE) WILLIAMS AKPOREHA,
NUPENG NATIONAL PRESIDENT,

COMRADE AFOLABI OLAWALE, GENERAL SECRETARY OF NUPENG.

Happy Birthday To A Seasoned & Irrepressible Administrator, Comrade Afolabi Olawale, NUPENG General Secretary

By Emmanuel Ajibulu

Today, April 26, 2020 is unique in the community of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) as the General Secretary, Comrade Afolabi Olawale marks his birthday. It is simply appropriate to
join his family, friends, protégés and well-wishers in thanking God for his exemplary life which is full of achievements, success and glory.

His vision over the years has always been to bring about developmental change to the Union, and to the lives of members and staff through reaching out to different demographics in strategic and timely interventions. Thankfully since inception he has developed innovative methods and modern solutions in tackling contemporary issues for the greater good of the Union with amazing results.

He undertakes his work most profoundly in the role of providing empowerment programs to young and old members and staff by helping them develop their career and skills through various life changing training, workshops, education, counselling and mentoring. Through mission and dedication, he continues to bring purpose, discipline and opportunities to numerous segments of the Union both administratively and operationally.

Like diamonds, your worth is inestimable. You have tremendously and phenomenally impacted many lives. Your commitment to making a positive difference is unequaled. Your resilience, boldness, competence, foresight and forthrightness are deeply commended and worthy of emulation. Congratulations to a worthy pace setter. You are welcome to your year of uncommon testimony. Happy birthday to you sir.

NUPENG Condemns Killing of Petrol Station Worker in Abia State

PRESS STATEMENT:

The National Leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) strongly condemns the killing of one of our members, Comrade Chibuisi Chikezie Okameme, aged 26, a petrol station worker in Abia State who was killed by a mobile Policeman whilst discharging his legitimate duties as Petrol station worker and in the frontline of the struggle against the COVID 19 pandemic on Sunday, 5th April 2020.

The Union uses this platform to call on Police authority to immediately activate full investigation into this gruesome killing which took place at No 29/30, Greenmac Energy Limited in new Umuahia road, Aba, so that justice can be accordingly served.

This investigation must be properly carried out and other appropriate steps taken to serve as deterrent to other trigger happy officers and guide them to know that minimum force is expected from them at a time like this among civilian and unarmed population.

We are however seriously disturbed by the unfortunate silence of Abia State government over the gruesome murder of a worker in the frontline of this struggle and urgently call on the Federal government to step into this matter before it degenerate further. Our Union takes lives of our members very serious and precious and we shall do all we can to get justice.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Ene Okon is enjoined by the Union to do the needful in no time so that the battered image of the Police in this instance can be redeemed.

NUPENG also uses this medium to appeal to our members in Abia State and across the country who are on the frontline during this national emergency not to be discouraged by this heartrending incident which occurred on Sunday along popular New Umuahia road in Obingwa Local Government Area.

The Union commiserates with the family members of the deceased and the management and staff of Greenmac Energy Limited, we pray that God will grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable, painful and untimely death of Chibuisi.

Our solidarity remains constant for the Union makes us strong

Signed:

National President of NUPENG,
Comrade (Prince) Williams Eniredonana Akporeha,

General Secretary of NUPENG,
Comrade Afolabi Olawale.

COVID-19 Lockdown: NNPC Commends Tanker Drivers for Hitch-free Distribution of Products

Press Release:

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has commended Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) for their sacrifice ferrying petroleum products across the nook and cranny of the Country, a release by the corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, has said.

The release stated that the tanker drivers’ selfless service during the lockdown had ensured smooth distribution of petroleum products during the restriction period.

It quoted the Managing Director of the NNPC Retail Ltd., Sir Billy Okoye, as saying that NNPC Retail Ltd’s filling stations, numbering more than 600 across the country, are to remain operational throughout the period of the lockdown to meet the energy needs of Nigerians.

Sir Okoye disclosed that all NNPC Retail outlets are wet with sufficient petroleum products, ready to serve the public.

He explained that the company’s retail outlets are stocked with sufficient petroleum products, with PPMC depots holding its products in various states of the federation., adding that NNPC Retail Ltd’s products are daily being trucked to stations strategically located across Nigeria, urging consumers not to engage in panic buying.

“Our major responsibility is to ensure that there is fuel supply in our stations. We have enough products at all our storage tanks and at our depots; we also have a large quantity of products in transit to our stations. Nigerians don’t need to panic” Sir. Okoye reassured.

The NNPC Retail Ltd’s helmsman, on behalf of NNPC Management, thanked the various state governors for allowing petroleum tankers to crisscross their states despite the movement restriction order and commended the security agencies, Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and all other service providers in the Downstream value chain for their support.

He commended Nigerians for their understanding during this period, assuring that the NNPC Retail stations would remain open to avoid any shock in the supply and distribution of petroleum products across the Country.

He thanked the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, for the strategic leadership he has provided during this challenging times, adding that stakeholders in the Downstream Sector are ready to collaborate to ensure Nigeria is wet with petroleum products at all times.

Dr. Kennie Obateru
Group General Manager
Group Public Affairs Division
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
NNPC Towers, Abuja.
3rd April, 2020.

Covid-19: NUPENG Leadership On Monitoring Tour To Ensure Members Compliance To Safety & Protective Protocols

The National Leadership of NUPENG led by the National President, Comrade (Prince) Williams Akporeha and the General Secretary, Comrade Afolabi Olawale on a monitoring Tour of Fuel Stations and Depot formations to ensure the full compliance of members to the use of hand sanitizers and social distancing in the discharge of their duties as essential services workers.

COVID 19: NUPENG Distributes Hand Sanitizers, Safety Gears To Petroleum Tanker Drivers & Other Vulnerable Members  

PRESS STATEMENT:

The National Leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) in furtherance to our pledge to be on the frontline in the fight against the Coronavirus is officially sending out to various operational locations, Drivers Stop-Over Spots and loading points customized hand sanitizers and other safety gears.

The Union carefully engaged a competent pharmaceutical company with good track records known as ADCEM Pharmaceutical Company to produce specifically for our members across the nooks and crannies of Nigeria.

These hand sanitizers come in 10 litres transparent jerry cans to serve as refill for dispensers with other safety kits, such as hand gloves and mouth masks which we had already distributed across to all our zonal offices in Port Harcourt, Kaduna, Warri and of course Lagos.

As you may be aware, we have 154 Petroleum Loading Depots across the country, but as we are talking we have 120 of these numbers  in active operation.

Besides that, Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) Branch of NUPENG have about 300 places across the country that serve as their Stop-Over-Point for resting and recreation, we will be distributing these items to all these places too.

Conservatively, we will be sending out about a thousand of these items every week until the siege is over. ADCEM Pharmaceutical Company may not have the capacity to meet this demand and we are in talks with other companies to support this production.

We are also going to provide further logistics and support to our members as we deemed necessary.

Oil and Gas Workers need all your support at this period and we are doing this from the meager savings we have.

Thank you and God bless.

Our solidarity remains constant for the Union makes us strong

Signed:

National President of NUPENG,
Comrade (Prince) Williams Eniredonana Akporeha,

General Secretary of NUPENG,
Comrade Afolabi Olawale.

NUPENG JOINS FRONTLINES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

PRESS STATEMENT:

The leadership of our great Union met today Friday, 27th March, 2020 and carefully examined the critical roles we play in the socio/economic landscape of our dear nation, vis a vis the current rampaging coronavirus pandemic the global community is currently facing.

Arising from our discussions we came to the conclusion that the nation needs our essential services in same manners the nation requires the services of all those in the frontlines of the fight to curtail the spread of the virus.

It was therefore unanimously resolved that all our members that are on the value chain of distribution of petroleum products for commercial, Industrial and domestic uses shall continue to work, these sets of workers include the Petroleum Tanker Drivers, Petrol Stations Workers, Petroleum Products Depots Workers Oil and Gas Suppliers, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Retailers and others .

We are quite aware that these workers in the course of serving the nation become highly vulnerable to the virus, but at this point in our national life, we must all rise to defend humanity and no price should be too high to pay.

We shall provide whatever necessary safety kits we can afford at various loading points and to all Petroleum Tanker Drivers and also urge all Petroleum Depots Owners, Operators, Petrol Stations Owners and industrial set ups to provide necessary mechanisms and tools including social distancing at their various locations and support the Workers with necessary kits and logistics .

The Union will provide within our meager resources whatever assistance we can to mitigate various unforeseen circumstances that may arise in the course of our service to our fatherland and we implore other Stakeholders to support the initiative of our Union in whatever manner.

However, any worker who is not in direct line of loading and distribution of petroleum products on any particular day are directed to stay at home to avoid unnecessary crowd at operational locations.

NUPENG further wishes to inform all these members and other Stakeholders in the Downstream Sector of the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry to diligently follow international protocols, including the recommended health and safety measures by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) by maintaining social distancing, excellent personal hygiene and keeping the work environment safe while discharging their essential services in the downstream sector of the industry and to the general public.

Very importantly , NUPENG is further using this opportunity to implore all our members across the country who are not rendering essential services as enumerated above on any particular day not to go to loading or discharging locations. The Union will deal with any member found loitering around these locations without proof of rendering key services.

We furthur urge all our members to continue to adhere strictly to social distancing and high level of hygienic behavior at work, at home, on the streets and with everyone they interface with in their daily activities so as to reduce the spread of the contagious Covid-19 and keep the socio-economic activities of the country alive industrially, domestically and commercially.

Our members should be rest assured that the leadership of the Union will not forsake them and our dear nation at this precarious time as we pledge to serve our nation with everything we have for our collective good and wellbeing.

It is our prayer that we find a lasting solution to this scourge early enough, so that the world could be safe and healthy for us to live in.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Our solidarity remains constant for the Union makes us strong

Signed:

National President of NUPENG,
Comrade (Prince) Williams Eniredonana Akporeha,

General Secretary of NUPENG,
Comrade Afolabi Olawale.

Coronavirus: NUPENG Expresses Concerns Over Safety of Its Members In Informal Sector, Gives 72 Hours Window On Next Line of Action

PRESS STATEMENT:

In view of the growing cases of the deadly global Coronavirus Pandemic and the stay at home orders given by the Federal Government and States Governments, the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers { NUPENG} is seriously concerned with the health and safety of our very vulnerable members who are rendering critical services to the nation on daily basis in these critical times. These sets of workers include the Petroleum Tanker Drivers, Petrol Stations Workers, Petroleum Products Depots Workers and others who in the course of serving the nation become highly vulnerable to the virus.

NUPENG wishes to inform all these members and other Stakeholders in the Downstream Sector of the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry to diligently follow international protocols, including the recommended health and safety measures by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) by maintaining social distancing, excellent personal hygiene and keeping the work environment safe while discharging their essential services in the downstream sector of the industry and to the general public.

At this crucial time, NUPENG is seriously monitoring the unfolding situation while also putting into account the safety and welfare of these vulnerable and integral segments of our membership which are of paramount concern to us.

In the light of the above, the Union may be forced to direct these workers to stay at home in the next 72 hours. This is definitely going to be a very difficult decision to take but necessary and important with respect to the safety of these set of workers who are our members in the informal sector, and they include the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), Petrol Station Workers (PSW), Petroleum Depots Workers,Independent Marketers Employees, Oil and Gas Suppliers (OGS), Surface Tankers Kerosene Peddlers ( SUKATEP), Liquefied Petroleum Gas Retailers, (LPGAR),etc.

Meanwhile, NUPENG is also using this opportunity to encourage all our members across the country to continue to adhere strictly to social distancing and high level of hygienic behavior at work, at home, on the streets and with everyone they interface with in their daily activities so as to reduce the spread of the contagious Covid-19 and keep the socio-economic activities of the country alive industrially, domestically and commercially.

Rest assured that the leadership of the Union will not forsake you at this precarious moment and we equally urge you to remain good ambassadors, law abiding and disciplined in your conducts.

It is our prayer that stakeholders in the health sector across the globe will find a lasting solution to this scourge, so that the world could be safe and healthy for us to live in.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Our solidarity remains constant for the Union makes us strong

Signed:

National President of NUPENG,
Comrade Williams Eniredonana Akporeha

General Secretary of NUPENG,
Comrade Afolabi Olawale.