NUPENG 2019 EASTER MESSAGE TO CHRISTIANS IN COMMEMORATION OF RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST 

The National Executive Council (NEC) of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) join all our members, staff and the entire Christian community during the celebrations of Easter in commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

These celebrations are worthy finale to the sacred period of fasting, prayer and self-denial which Christians had gone through in the past 40 consecutive days of Lent.

It is the belief of NUPENG that such fundamental values would go a long way in promoting and strengthening the foundation of love, peace and harmony in our country, and that the season would serve as a reminder to all of the selflessness, love, sacrifice and tolerance of Jesus Christ throughout His earthly sojourn, his death and his subsequent resurrection.

We therefore admonish all Nigerians to learn from the pain, joy, love and caring which define the Easter celebrations, and allow these laudable virtues to continually guide us as a people in our individual, industrial and community relationships.

We also urge those in positions of authority to strive to encourage the citizens to make virile and purposeful sacrifice and show love especially when the country is facing challenges by making their own lives, in public and private, something transparent, and worthy of emulation for the overall good of our country.

Whilst still in the euphoria of Easter, NUPENG prays for peace and prosperity for all Nigerians and crave them to enjoy a stress-free and violence-free celebration.

We wish you all very happy Easter celebrations.

Our Solidarity remains constant for the Union makes us strong.

SIGNED:

COMRADE WILLIAMS AKPOREHA,
NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF NUPENG.

End Nigeria’s reliance on imported petroleum products, NUPENG tells Buhari

NIGERIA Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari, to use his second term in office to end Nigeria’s reliance on imported petroleum products to meet local consumption.

President of the Union, Prince Williams Akporeha, who spoke in Lagos yesterday, said Nigerians would forever remember President Buhari if he could ensure that the issue of imported petroleum products became a thing of the past before the end of his tenure.

According to Prince Akporeha:“It is a shame and a serious embarrassment that Nigeria, the 6th leading crude oil producing countries in the world depends on imported products to meet local demands. How long can we continue to live with the issue of subsidy removal and fuel scarcity?

How long can we continue to depend on the vagaries of international crude price to determine the prices of the products we consume locally?

“How long will Nigerians continue with this incessant fuel scarcity and fear of fuel scarcity?

The report that Nigeria has spent over N6trillion on subsidy for the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol in the last few years is a serious concern to us as Nigerians and as NUPENG particularly.

Nigerians deserve to enjoy the benefits of being an oil producing country.

“As a Union, NUPENG wants to stress that it will be economically suicidal to completely remove subsidy on PMS without putting in place robust palliatives for the citizenry to cushion the effects on the masses.

However, NUPENG pleads with President Buhari as a patriot whose love for Nigeria and Nigerians remain undiluted and unquestionable, to use his second term in office to permanently end Nigeria’s reliance on imported petroleum products to meet local demands.

We are urging Mr President to do all within his powers to ensure that the four public refineries are fully rehabilitated to perform at full capacity, as well as ensure that more refineries come on stream to refine products for not only local consumption, but for export as well.

“If the President can do this, Nigerians will forever remember him and be grateful to him.

As a Union, we will give the president all necessary supports required from us to put an end to this shame of depending on imported products for local consumption.”

Meanwhile, ahead of the Easter holidays, NUPENG President told members to double their efforts in fuel distribution saying “we want to use this medium to once again, appeal to NUPENG members involved in petroleum distribution chain to intensify efforts at ensuring unhindered free flow of supplies to filling stations nationwide before, during and after the Easter celebrations.”

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JOINT PRESS STATEMENT OF NUPENG & PENGASSAN ON IMF UNSOLICITED ADVICE

The leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) read with serious concerns and worries the reported statement made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Media Chief for Africa on the state of Nigeria economy and the unsolicited poisonous advice on further recovery of the nation’s economy.

The statement of IMF has created panic in the country with associated hoarding of petroleum products, panic buying , skyrocketed increases in prices of goods and services in the country.

Clearly, IMF is speaking from the two sides of its mouth, in one breath, the Media Chief praises the significant progress the nation has made in terms of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) that increased by 1.9% in 2018 from 0.8% in 2017 on the back of improvement in manufacturing and other economic policies of the government, while on the other hand, offering poisonous advice on further economic recovery.

It is quite bewildering and baffling that IMF is not considering the pains and agonies Nigerians went through even to achieve the acknowledged gains of 2018, with almost two-thirds of the world’s hungriest people among the Nigerians.

One wonders why IMF is still callously and wickedly advising the government to inflict more pains and harms on the people?  Imposing more stringent reforms in domestic revenue mobilization including amongst other increase in VAT and securing more domestic oil revenues through subsidy removal at this time is clearly an attempt to destabilize the nation.

This statement is embellished and loaded with poisons, considering the antecedents of IMF in our economic challenges and struggles over decades of our nationhood. The various devaluation of our currency on the strength of advices of same IMF has been a very big burden on our nation for several years now.

The leadership of NUPENG and PENGASSAN are aware of what Nigerians are going through, we empathize with them and will not turn blind eyes to any further attempt to increase their pains and impoverish them further.

May we put it clearly here, that we profoundly appreciate the efforts, commitment and determination of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to put Nigeria in the right economic stead after several years of economic maladministration and mis-management. It is really heartwarming that these efforts are being widely acknowledge at home as demonstrated with his re-election for 2nd term in office and globally, even by the IMF.

Nevertheless, we earnestly plead with President Muhammadu Buhari to constantly put in mind the current hardship Nigerians are going through in our collective journey to economic recovery. Be it known that any economic policy that is devoid of human feelings could lead to more social dislocations and upheavals which in the long run becomes counterproductive as we are currently experiencing.

Our Solidarity remains constant for the Union makes us strong.

SIGNED:

COMRADE AFOLABI OLAWALE,
GENERAL SECRETARY OF NUPENG

COMRADE OKUGBAWA LUMUMBA, GENERAL SECRETARY OF PENGASSAN.

Comrades Afolabi, Akpede, Otite, & Chukwu Celebrate Thier Promotions, Jointly Host NUPENG Staff 

The newly appointed General Secretary of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Comrade Olawale Afolabi and other appointed Deputy General Secretaries, Comrades Christopher Akpede, Anthony Chukwu and Otite Onohwohwo on Tuesday April 9, 2019 hosted National Secretariat staff at Jibowu office of the Union to a lunch.

The merry making gathering which commemorated the new leadership structure within Union had in attendance the National President of NUPENG, Comrade Williams Eniredonana Akporeha, National Treasurer, Comrade Alex Agwanwor,  Comrade Adamson Momoh (PAGS Research/Public Affairs), Comrade Alabala Lawrence (POS Training/Education), old staff, the newly confirmed staff and a few well wishers.

Comrade Akporeha in his remarks reaffirmed his thought that the new General Secretary and the Deputy General Secretaries with their robust antecedents for more than two decades will no doubt continue to add value to the growth of the Union.

He however encouraged the staff who were just confirmed to redouble their dedication, loyalty, and hardwork to help the Union succeed, and that they must be willing to grow and set aside their own priorities for the sake of the Union’s long-term advancement.

He further stressed that the trust and high optimism showcased by the new staff in the last one year towards meeting NUPENG goals should not be relaxed, rather they must insist to initiate actions that will make them become highly productive to accomplish tasks beyond their job description for the overall good of the Union, adding that there is reward for hardwork and compliance to the ethics and core values of the Union.

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NUPENG CONFIRMS COMRADE OLAWALE AFOLABI AS GENERAL SECRETARY, PROMOTES THREE OTHERS AS DEPUTY GENERAL SECRETARIES

PRESS STATEMENT

The National Administrative Council (NAC) of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has officially announced the confirmation of Comrade Olawale Afolabi as the substantive General Secretary of the Union with immediate effect, having acted in that capacity for three consecutive months.

Comrade Afolabi is a seasoned trade Unionist and technocrat who has been in active service for over two decades in NUPENG, precisely in the areas of Management, Training/Education, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Negotiations. He is known to be very replete with the creation, development and launch of existing viable operations with robust, deep and ingenious ideas.

His skills in Industrial Relations, General Management and Organizational Development were acquired and nurtured over the years in various roles since he pitched his tent with NUPENG, where he spent bulk of his meritorious career.

Before this latest milestone in the Union, Comrade Afolabi was previously known to be diligent in handling the Education and Training of the rank and file of the Union and he was a founding member of Nigerian Labour Movement Educators Forum. Also to his credit, many Union leaders and branch officials cut their trade union teeth through his numerous relevant trainings and workshops.

Similarly, NAC also promoted Comrade Christopher Akpede to the position of Deputy General Secretary in charge of Administration; he was until now, Principal Assistant General Secretary and Head of Port Harcourt zone of the Union.

Others who were promoted to the position of Deputy General Secretaries are Comrades Anthony Chukwu (in charge of Finance/Accounts) and Otite Precious Onohwohwo (in charge of Operations). These three astute leading lights in our Union will formally resume to their respective offices effective Monday April 1, 2019.

There is no doubt absolutely that these men will bring their wealth of experiences and knowledge to bear in these new tasks.

SIGNED:
COMRADE PRINCE WILLIAMS AKPOREHA
NUPENG NATIONAL PRESIDENT.

Women’s Day: IndustriALL Global Union in Nigeria Takes ‘Balance For Better’ Advocacy To Streets

By Emmanuel Ajibulu

As the world marks 2019 edition of International Women’s Day, women in trade Unions in Nigeria, under the aegis of IndustriALL Global Union in unison came out in their large numbers on Thursday March 7, 2019 to drive home the theme of their anniversary (Gender) ”Balance For Better”.

The enthusiastic female unionists all clad in branded IndustriALL white, black and red T-Shirts, led by globally recognized rights activist, Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin (otherwise addressed as Joe Odumakin), the Chairperson, IndustriALL National Women Committee, Comrade Oluchi Amaogu and National Chairperson, NUPENG Women Committee, Comrade Thelma Ndukwe marched and danced round the neighborhoods of Jibowu and Yaba axis of Lagos, amidst drums and trumpets.

Addressing the gathering in her welcome message at the NUPENG Lagos zonal office in Fadeyi right after the advocacy parade on the streets, Comrade Oluchi said: “Today IndustriALL global union uses International Women’s Day to demand sensitivity and accountability on the part of all stakeholders across board to obliterate the plight of women and girl child and ensuring that there is room for ‘balance for better’.

I’m always passionate about the woman and her overall well-being and of course IndustriALL is always interested in growth in family life, career, health and other areas and therefore will continue to provide platforms and support programmes that will help women and their various concerns. This value-packed initiative will help women learn essential lessons which can be applied to their daily lives and career and also help us become all we want to be and be the best at it. I am also happy that we have some secondary school students with us today who are obviously open to an opportunity to learn from us and apply the learning to their daily engagements in order to better their future and positively influence their peers”

Comrade Issa Aremu, Vice President, IndustriALL Global Union on his part said, “IndustriALL Global Union of which I’m a Vice President representing our dear continent demands that all workers should enjoy equal rights. Sadly all female and young workers still remain subject to discrimination. They are being denied their fundamental rights. IndustriALL fights their discrimination at work and union by promoting their fairer and stronger participation in trade unions.”

The seasoned trade unionist who was unavoidably absent at the event due to his guber campaigns ahead of Saturday March 9 polls in Kwara State, was represented by Comrade Ruth Balogun, who on his behalf read the Union leader’s lucid and very insightful speech.

“Violence against women in the workplace was a key topic when the IndustriALL Women Committee met in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 7 November last year. The Committee reinforced its support for a campaign to fight against violence and harassment against women in the workplace.

IndustriALL Executive Committee calls on affiliates to take the pledge to combat violence against women and take active steps to implement its commitments.” Whilst emphasizing on the need for the women to take full responsibility, he charged them to “Take the pledge!”

Highlighting the pledge in specific terms, Aremu in his read speech said, “To take a public stand against all forms of violence and harassment against women and to condemn all attitudes and actions that perpetuate sexism and violence;

“To take up the issue as a priority in our union and to allocate the necessary resources for activities aimed at preventing and combating this violation of women’s rights;

“To foster a culture of respect for women within our union by raising the awareness of our members, staff and officials and providing education on the importance of eradicating violence and harassment in the workplace and in our union;

“To encourage our members to actively take a stand against violence and harassment against women, especially in their own workplaces.”

He added, “To organize campaigns aimed at preventing and combating violence against women;
“To demand that governments enact and enforce laws to protect women from violence;

“To demand that employers develop policies against all forms of violence and harassment at work, and promote awareness among their employees on the devastating impacts of violence against women and the importance of eradicating it;

“To demand that employers develop concrete policies and procedures to prevent and combat all forms of violence against women in their premises and supply chains, and establish safe mechanisms for women to turn to if they are assaulted or attacked at work; to include demands for the eradication of violence and harassment against women in our collective bargaining claims.” Aremu stressed.

Meanwhile, Dr Joe Odumakin President, “Women Arise for Change Initiative” during her presentation which was hinged on the anniversary theme, said women abilities make them equal humans to their male counterparts.

She advised women to ensure that they broke the culture of silence, which according to her, imposes a lot of reactionary culture of suppression on them. She also urged women to make education their priorities, saying that an educated mind, anywhere, “is a liberated mind”.

The female rights activist also decried low turnout of women participation in politics, “Women supporting women is good for the society” she noted that, with the population of Nigerian women averaged 50 percent of its total populace, it would also be nice if there are more women manning the political and appointive public service positions of the country.

She quoted the National Gender Policy (NGP) saying that, “In Nigeria, the extant NGP recommended 35 percent affirmative action instead and sought for a more inclusive representation of women with at least 35 percent of both elective political and appointive public service positions respectively, it will not be a bad idea if we surpass the percentage.”

According to her, “In 2007, there are eight female Senators out of 109 available seats, while in the House of Representative, out of 360 available seats, we have 23 which are women. The number of female Senators in the nation dropped to seven in 2011 while that of the Green chamber increased by just three. Currently, we have only eight female Senators, while in the HOR, the number declined further to 19.”

She regretted that majority of Nigerians erroneously bear negative mindsets about the concept of gender equality. “They think women are demanding equality with men, but that is not true; what we are asking for is equal opportunities.

She said in addition to the premise of the day was to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence.

“Furthermore, one of the aims of the day is to highlight that the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden. One major way of eliminating violence against women is the implementation of various guidelines and legislations that have been created toward tackling the menace of violence against women.

“We also need to increase the capacity of our law enforcement agencies, educate the citizens more than we are currently doing, and ultimately, our society must criminalise all forms of actions of violence against women,” she said.

She advised all the arms of governments to ensure that women, being the highest population in the country were made to leave freely and without fear. She admonished women to discover the strength that existed not only in their numbers.

For the women in trade Unions in Nigeria, they urged women to remain resilient in their demand for equal opportunities, describing this year’s theme, “Balance For Better”, as a nod to the growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support surrounding gender parity.

Among the group were the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), National Union of Chemical, Footwear and Non-Metallic Workers (NUCFRLANMPE), National Union Of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Steel And Engineering Workers Union Of Nigeria (SEWUN), Chemical and Non Metallic Products Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (CANMPSSAN) etc.

It would be recalled that International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year to commemorate the movement for women’s rights. The first observance of the Day was held on Feb.28, 1909 in New York, while March 8 was suggested by the 1910 International Woman’s Conference for the event to become an “International Woman’s Day.

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PTD National Chairman, Comrade Akanni Oladiti Commissions Emadeb Unit Office, As He Extols Union’s Virtues

The National Chairman of Petroleum Tanker Drivers branch of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers [NUPENG] has again displayed an uncommon generosity of spirit to promote the policy thrust of the Union during the official commissioning of Emadeb PTD Unit office on Saturday, March 2nd 2019 at Satellite Town, Ijegun, Lagos.

The astute and highly revered unionist also used the occasion to acknowledge that the Union has made a lot of institutional reforms and that it will remain committed in pursuing the agenda of taking the Union to the next level with the resolve to record far reaching positive milestones.

According to Comrade Oladiti at the commissioning;

“Gone are the days that tanker drivers are seen as nobody or quacks, today by the grace of God we are among key stakeholders to be reckoned with whenever government at any level wants to introduce or implement any programme or policy in the nation’s oil and gas sector.

Under my leadership you will all recall that PTD now owns a world class hotel at the nation’s capital in Abuja and I make bold to tell you that very soon we will soon be commissioning our filing stations among other life impacting investments. We now have a Union that we all can be proud of.

He continued, “Gentlemen and ladies, I feel highly elated today that Emabed Unit of PTD achieved this enviable mark by erecting this beautiful ultra modern edifice that can be called an office, and as you can see its very befitting, the era of using canopies, kiosks and abandoned containers as office is gone for good. I am really proud of this Unit and I urge others to emulate this shinning example, NUPENG and particularly PTD must be known for excellence in all ramifications.

However the Chairman of Emadeb PTD Unit who doubles as Lagos Zonal Chairman of PTD, Comrade Olabisi Akinlolu used the occasion to thank the National Chairman for his physical presence as well as delivery of his goodwill message that was attributed to the commissioning of the Unit’s house. He urged members to always think about the Union first above any other interest and that they must respect the rules of engagement at all times.

“I return all glory and honour to God, it’s not our making at all, if God doesn’t build a house the builders will only labour in vain. I want all of us not to renege in adhering to good conscience in the overall interest of this great Union.” Comrade Akinlolu stated.

Others who registered their presence at the event which coincided with the quarterly meeting of the Lagos Zonal council of PTD were, Comrade Solomon Kilanko (National Deputy President of NUPENG) Comrade Tayo Aboyeji, (Chairman Lagos Zonal Council of NUPENG), PTD Lagos Zonal Council Deputy 1, Alhaji Saheed Adigun Gbolahan, Zonal Secretary, Alhaji Lawal Abidoye, Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, Baale of Ijegun-Egba, High Chief Akogun Raheem Alade Olojede, etc.

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NUPENG and PENGASSAN Congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari

On behalf of the entire members of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) we wish to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR on his re-election as the President and Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the February 23rd presidential elections for another term of four years.

We commend the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the electorate as adjudged by independent observers, both foreign and local on the peaceful, fair and very transparent overwhelming endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari by the Nigerian people as a testimony to the belief, confidence and faith the vast majority of Nigerians have in the personality, integrity, forthrightness and character of the President in placing the larger interests of the Nigerian nation above selfish and primordial sentiments.

We also use this opportunity to congratulate the people of Nigeria for exercising their civic right to vote and for making a historic step towards the consolidation of democracy and deepening its virtues in the country.

In the same spirit, we urge all contestants and politicians in the country to imbibe and demonstrate good spirit of sportsmanship in the overall interest of our country, by being magnanimous in victory through hands of fellowship to others and gracious in defeat by accepting the outcome of the election without creating further crisis through any means so as to engender confidence and stability for the growth and development of our country.

NUPENG and PENGASSAN will also not renege in continuing to cooperate and work assiduously with the administration of President Buhari’s government during his second term in his determined efforts to diversify our economy and optimally rehabilitate our refineries as being exhibited by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,
NNPC Management and Staff so as to reinforce and consolidate on the gains of all wonderful socio/economic and political initiatives, policies and programmes in the interest of Nigerian masses.

It is our hope that the positive trends that we have observed during this election will be sustained and further improved during future elections for an enduring political stability of our country.

Solidarity forever. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

SIGNED:
COMRADE FRANCIS OLABODE JOHNSON-
PRESIDENT OF PENGASSAN,

COMRADE (PRINCE) WILLIAMS AKPOREHA,
PRESIDENT OF NUPENG,

COMRADE LUMUNBA OKUGBAWA
GENERAL SECRETARY OF PENGASSAN,

COMRADE AFOLABI OLAWALE
AG. GENERAL SECRETARY OF NUPENG.

NUPENG Affirms Uninterrupted Distribution of Petroleum Products During 2019 Polls

Ahead of Saturday February 23, 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections, the National Executive leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) is pleased to notify its members across board to remain law abiding and exercise their civic responsibilities during the conduct of the electoral process.

In specific term, the leadership wishes to notify the teeming members who traverse the nooks and crannies of Nigeria in refining and distribution of petroleum products for domestic, commercial and industrial purposes to remain unfettered in discharging their legitimate duties so that the electoral process will be smooth and hitch-free.

NUPENG will not deter in contributing its quota in sustaining and promoting the unity and corporate existence of Nigeria as an indivisible entity; determined to avoid any conduct or behaviour that will endanger the political stability and national security of Nigeria.
Our solidarity remains constant: For the Union makes us strong.

SIGNED:
COMRADE (PRINCE) WILLIAMS AKPOREHA,
NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF NUPENG.

NUPENG President—Comrade Akporeha, Acting GS Comrade Afolabi ”Pay Thank you Visit” To General Gowon

The National President of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Comrade (Prince) Williams Akporeha on Friday (February 8, 2019) paid a ”thank you visit” to General Yakubu Gowon in Abuja to show appreciation to the octogenarian’s gesture of honouring the Union’s 40th anniversary which held in December, 2018.

The President who went in company of the Union’s General Secretary (Ag.), Comrade Afolabi Olawale was humbled and overwhelmed by the esteemed presence of the elderstatesman who was the anniversary Chairman and also for contributing immensely to the success of the epochal event.

Apart from the President and the GS, Comrade Alex Stephen [Principal Organising Secretary], the Union’s Abuja liaison officer was also present during the ‘thank you visit’ to the  highly revered ex-general.

In retrospect, General Yakubu Gowon at the event lauded NUPENG for her role in the development of the oil and gas sector in Nigeria and urged NUPENG to address image challenges facing the union as most Nigerians see the her as a very powerful union that can hold the whole nation to a standstill over industrial strikes.

He recalled NUPENG’s contribution to fighting for the growth of democracy in Nigeria adding that the sustenance of Nigeria economy depends largely on NUPENG’s contributions to the growth of the oil sector which remains largely the country’s source of revenue.
Gratitude they say is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul; Robert Brault also added, “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” Truly, the expressions of thanks tend to deepen the bonds between the giver and the recipient, the gesture of the Union executive leadership followed the script.

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