CHEVRON AND ITS CONTRACTOR SHOULD RE-ENGAGE OUR SACKED 32 MEMBERS WITHIN 7 DAYS

PRESS STATEMENT

The National leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) with deep frustration is grossly disappointed about the directive of Chevron Nigeria Limited to its Contractor, Cordeau Nigeria Limited to sack all its 32 workers for insisting on being NUPENG members.

This obnoxious act of Chevron and its employment Contractor which was viciously carried out at the twilight of 2019 was in bad fate and an affront to Labour/workers’ rights and also human rights relating to labour relations between workers and employers, codified in national and international labour and employment law.

These rights influence working conditions of workers’ employment, and one of the most central is the right to freedom of association, otherwise known as the right to organize; and workers organized in trade union exercise such right to collectively bargain so as to improve their working conditions which is in tandem with International Labour Organization’s convention and other known extant rules practiced anywhere in the world.

For Chevron to act in contrary to the existing provisions of the law, legitimacy and legality is what we cannot understand and we would do everything within our powers constitutionally to protect the rights and the interests of our affected members some of whom are already hospitalized as a result of the shock they got from their purported sack by their employer few hours before year 2020.

We are still surpised that despite previous agreements and existing understanding on other separate matters between the union and Chevron Nigeria Limited, which was orchestrated by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), the Ministry of Labour and Employment, and other stakeholders in the industry, Chevron could still embark on such unthinkable, inhuman, retrogressive and anti labour infractions without consultations and not also minding the attendant negative implications this will have on the country socio-economically.

NUPENG with every atom of strength in us is vehemently opposed to this unpatriotic and uncivilized move in view of our assertive commitment to the protection of jobs of our members and considering the high level of unemployment in the country which is directly responsible for the increasing cases of insecurity, deviant behaviours among our youths and other tensed and challenging situations in Nigeria.

In view of this heartbreaking dilemma which is currently posing a huge threat to the nation’s industrial peace and harmony as well as socio-economic activities of the citizenry, the union is however using this medium to reach out to the management of Chevron to call back to work all the sacked workers forthwith.

Consequent on the above demand and having taken us for granted, NUPENG hereby puts all our members on red alert should Chevron Nigeria Limited and its Contractor fail to honour or comply with our demand within the next seven (7) days, effective today (Wednesday, January 1, 2020), we would also not hesitate to take all necessary legal options available to us; including nationwide industrial actions and demonstrations to press home our legitimate and urgent request.

The National leadership of NUPENG is equally not unaware that the Warri Zonal Council of our union had picketed the facility of the affected workers; we would like to put it on record that we empathize with them and share in their worries, agonies, regrets and grief, and we painfully say we would not retreat until the needful is done in their overall interest, but urge them to remain law abiding, calm and civil. For a fact, this is not a new year gift anyone could ever wished for even his worst enemy.

Meanwhile, as a law abiding and socially responsible trade union who understands the collateral damage industrial action could have on the economy of our nation especially in the entire petroleum resources value chain, we are using this medium to call on the Federal Government, particularly the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, NNPC, National Assembly and other key industry players to intervene on this matter so that Oil and Gas workers will not suffer and be traumatized or unjustly thrown to the unemployment market in the instance of Chevron and its Contractor.

Our solidarity remains constant for the Union makes us strong.

SIGNED:

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

Comrade Afolabi Olawale,
General Secretary of NUPENG.

Petrol Scarcity Looms As Tanker Drivers Give FG Ultimatum Over Lagos Gridlock

The Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) branch of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) at the weekend threatened to withdraw its services from January 15, 2020, if the Federal Government fails to clear Lagos roads of the gridlock caused by containers.

National Chairman of PTD, Comrade (Otunba) Salimon Akanni Oladiti, expressed disappointment over the Federal Government’s inability to decongest Lagos‎ roads of trucks conveying containers, saying the development may lead to severe scarcity of petroleum products if not well handled.

He lamented that the lingering traffic congestion on the roads, particularly at Coconut and Tin Can Island axis, has forced its members to spend weeks before loading petroleum products from the Lagos Tank farm, a situation he said was unacceptable.

Oladiti issued the ultimatum in Benin City, Edo State while addressing journalists at the end of PTD’s quarterly Branch Executive Council (BEC) meeting.

“Although the Federal Task Force set up to decongest Lagos‎ roads of trucks carrying containers have tried its best, the gridlock, particularly at Coconut and Tin Can Island axis still persist, thereby forcing our members to spend weeks before loading petroleum products from the Lagos Tank farm,” he said.

Oladiti, who also lamented activities of vandals, said vandals have destroyed pipelines meant to ensure the free flow of petroleum products across the country.

“The founding fathers meant well by constructing over 5,000km of pipelines. If successive governments since 1999 had paid attention to roads and vandalism, the facilities would not have degenerated to their current level,” he added.

He, therefore, urged the government to speed up the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Benin-Warri and Benin-Auchi-Lokoja roads to enhance ease of moving products.

While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for his transformation agenda and the Federal Government for making petroleum products available across the country during the Yuletide, Oladiti said the Apapa gridlock appeared to have overwhelmed the authorities and called for urgent measures to remedy the situation.

He, however, sympathised with the drivers over the deplorable condition of the roads and the hardship they face in plying the roads daily while conveying petroleum products.

Oladiti said plans were underway to check activities of suspected criminals that portray PTD drivers in a bad light, as the union would soon roll out new identity cards and stickers designed to identify genuine members.

He urged members of PTD to be vigilant and cautious on the roads during the Yuletide season and avoid night journeys for their safety and for accident-free roads during and after the festive season.‎

NUPENG 2019 CHRISTMAS GREETINGS AND NEW YEAR MESSAGE

PRESS STATEMENT

The National leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) warmly felicitates with our teeming members, staff and other stakeholders in the Oil and Gas industry as well as Nigerians during this 2019 celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ irrespective of our faith.

For us as a Union, it is our firm belief that the greater internalization of the virtues of love for our fellowmen, tolerance, Godliness, honesty, fairness to others, selflessness, and peaceful co-existence with others, by all Nigerians including Oil and Gas workers, will definitely help dear nation to overcome most of its present challenges.

As a socially responsible and conscious organization we remain convinced that God Almighty is still with us as a nation even in the midst of our current challenges which we shall surely overcome with greater unity of purpose, dedication, commitment and perseverance.

It is our prayer that the celebration of the birth of Christ will rekindles, strengthens and reaffirms our faith in our national ability to overcome all challenges, with God on our side.

Meanwhile, we found it necessary for us as a critical stakeholder in the Oil and Gas industry to salute the courage of the Ministry of Labour and Employment through the Honorable Minister of State, Barrister Festus Keyamo (SAN) concerning the major reforms the Ministry will kick start in the early 2020 which is patriotically geared towards putting an end to various infractions in the industry and all forms of precarious work conditions and indecent employment in the interest of Nigerian workers. We pray God will grant the Ministry the enablement and will power to stem the tide bedeviling industrial peace and harmony in the industry.

In the same vein, we also offer our profound appreciation to the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari and his hard working team, Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu and his Delta state counterpart, His Excellency Dr Ifeanyi Okowa and other good spirited individuals who showed us strong affection, support and encouragement during the groundbreaking ceremony of our new Secretariat, christened, NUPENG TOWER, a multi-billion naira project. We sincerely thank them all for making our hopes and dreams head for a reality.

On this note, NUPENG wishes all our staff and members a very happy Christmas celebrations and as we transit into 2020 the National leadership of the Union further wishes you all beautiful moments, treasured memories, and all the happiness a heart can know throughout the new year and beyond.

God bless Oil and Gas Workers and God bless Nigeria.

Our solidarity remains constant for the Union makes us strong.

SIGNED:

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

Comrade Afolabi Olawale,
General Secretary of NUPENG.

NUPENG Multi-Purpose Co-Operative Holds Annual General Meeting, Gives Financial Report

The management of NUPENG Multi Purpose Co-Operative society and its members on Friday, December 13 held the 2019 Annual General Meeting in Jibowu, just as it assured shareholders that the hope of the association paying dividend is brighter in the immediate future than it was several years ago.

Chairman of the Co-operative, Comrade Adamson Momoh stated this at the meeting. He pointed to some major achievements of the society since the inception of the current management team and informed members that there is still room for improvement.

Treasurer of the Co-operative, Comrade Victor Okelakin who officially delivered the financial report while fielding questions from members commended them for their cooperation and as well admonished them not to renege in honoring their obligations.

The Secretary of the Co-operative, Comrade Oluchi Amaogu on her part equally applauded the members for making the society grow in leaps and bounds. She continued by saying management will focus on embedding disciplined cost management as well as mining synergies across membership to improve the profitability of the business and deliver value to all stakeholders.

Comrade Oluchi further said the integrity of the Union and its management members have as well given room for people who are not staff to benefit from the profit and purpose driven society.

Co-operative form of business organization is different from other forms of organizations. It is a voluntary association of people with collectively owned fund, organised on the democratic principle of equality, who join together to supply for their requirements through mutual action, and in which the objective is service rather than profit.

For NUPENG, this initiative has essentially created safety net to protect the economically weaker sections of the society from the oppression of the economically organised strong segment of the society. The principle underlying a co-operative organization is mutual help, i.e., “each for all and all for each”. Thankfully NUPENG is playing to the rules in tandem with global best practices.

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NNPC Promises Products Availability During Yuletide, As NUPENG Performs Groundbreaking Ceremony Of Its Tower

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has reiterated its commitment to ensuring availability of petroleum products during Christmas.

Its Group Managing Director, Malam Mele Kyari, gave the assurance at the foundation laying ceremony of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) Tower on Thursday in Lagos.

NNPC set to take measures to curb oil theft Kyari was represented by the Managing Director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Mr Bala Wunti. “Efforts are being made by the NNPC to ensure there is not going to be scarcity this time.

“We have sufficient supply, and every stakeholder, particularly, NUPENG is with us in ensuring that this products are distributed to reach the nooks and crannies of this country. “We will not see any scarcity; we will make sure we enjoy our Christmas and New Year without any hindrance caused by lack of supply of petroleum products, ” Kyari said.

He said that NNPC under his leadership would deploy all legitimate means to support NUPENG in actualising its aspiration about the tower. He added that the corporation would continue to collaborate with NUPENG in ensuring that petroleum products were available for Nigerians. “Today’s event marks a bold step toward actualisation of a dream by building an eight-floor edifice that will house NUPENG.

“It will surely provide a 21st century quality edifice that is required to make us proud,” he said. The President of NUPENG, Comrade (Prince) Williams Akporeha, stated that the union had always worked with NNPC to ensure availability of fuel.

Akporeha said: “There has been a serious engagement all these while; everything is put in place to ensure petroleum products are available for the Yuletide period. “Apart from our mandatory role of emancipating oil and gas workers from oppressive employers, we felt it is necessary to put a structure that will house the union.

“To us, it is a legacy that every member of the union, as well as the general public, will benefit from.”

In his remarks, Lagos State Gov. Babjide Sanwo-Olu urged the union to continue to collaborate with his administration in making the state a 21st century economy. Sanwo-Olu was represented by the state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako.

He said: “We will continue to provide an enabling environment for all to contribute, strive and attain industrial aspirations irrespective of tribe, status and beliefs.

“The government felicitates with the union and wish to reiterate that we are on this journey with you to actualise your dream of a NUPENG tower.”

Welcome Address By NUPENG President, Comrade Williams Akporeha During Groundbreaking Ceremony of NUPENG Tower

A WELCOME ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF NUPENG, COMRADE (PRINCE) WILLIAMS AKPOREHA AT THE GROUND-BREAKING CEREMONY OF NUPENG TOWER, AT JIBOWU,
YABA ON DECEMBER 12, 2019

Protocol,

On behalf of the National Executive Council (NEC) and entire members of our great Union, NUPENG, I humbly welcome you all to this great epoch-making event of the ground-breaking ceremony of NUPENG Tower, in Jibowu, Yaba, Lagos.

Let me first of all use this opportunity to express our profound appreciation and thanks to our distinguished Guests of Honour, Captains of Industry, Management and friends of the Union that had found time out of their tight schedule to honour us on this great occasion.

Today the 12th day of December 2019 marks an important milestone in the annals of NUPENG as we decided to lay very solid foundation for the erection of a befitting ultra-modern 8 storey Tower for our great Union.

On assumption of office as President of the Union, when the flag of the office was handed over to us, we pledged to keep it flying higher than we met it.

In addition to sustaining, organizing, and increasing the membership of the union we have also decided to embark on some infrastructural projects to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of our dear Union. One of such projects is the ongoing building of a new secretariat for Kaduna Zone.

As you are aware, it is only in Kaduna Zone that we are still in rented apartment. And I am very pleased to inform you, my dear Comrades, that as we speak construction work of our beautiful Kaduna Zonal Secretariat is at very advanced stage and we shall soon commission and occupy the Secretariat to the glory of God and service to humanity.

Indeed, our great NUPENG have come a long way in our collective struggles for effective and efficient service delivery to our members and positive social change to our dear nation.
A major part of these struggles is this journey to compliment the efforts of our founding fathers who started operation at the National Secretariat immediately after the formation of NUPENG.

Our great, NUPENG was formally registered as a Trade Union on 15th August, 1978 with our inaugural National Delegates Conference, at Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre, Benin City, Edo State in 2nd November 1977
The search for a befitting National Secretariat commences right from that fateful day and it was initially situated at No. 50A, Kano Street, Ebute-Metta from where it was later moved to No. 2, Jeminatu Buraimoh close, Surulere, Lagos in March 1980.

In March 2000, almost two decades after, the Secretariat was finally moved to our present location at No. 9, Jibowu Street, Yaba, Lagos. It was an old building that was acquired and renovated.

Walking through the building, it is evidently clear that it is really old, older than the Union itself. The building has seen several weathers, survived so many storms and obviously weakened and too small to adequately cater for our administrative and operational needs.

You will also recall, that at our 40th anniversary celebration in Abuja last year, we all resolved that we must collectively build a new home for our dear Union. Here we are today, ready and set to give action to our words and commitment by walking the talk.

NUPENG TOWER a multibillion naira project, a mix structure of residential, recreational and office building of 8 floors with all the services including lift, adequate car park, water treatment facility, event/conference halls, offices for NUPENG staffs and officials, corporate bodies, flats and a penthouse.

The project is expected to be completed within a period of two (2) years almighty God willing.

This is indeed a very lofty and expensive project but very desirable and necessary if we are to continue to thrive as a reputable Trade Union Organization with efficient and effective service delivery. We have no doubt in our minds that we can collectively achieve it within the timeline if we put our minds to it.

Some people out there says it’s a tall dream but all of us here says is an achievable dream, YES, WE CAN!

It is on this note that we have tried to be very frugal with our resources since we assume office. The leadership is highly committed to this project and will commence the construction work from the savings we have made so far.

Although we know quite well that the amount, we have presently cannot complete the project nevertheless we have decided to start first before we call on our members, managements and friends of the Union to support us.

So, we shall be needing all your support and assistance to deliver the project within the stipulated time.
The National Executive Council shall meet to deliberate on this. Aside from personal contributions, we will still want each and every one of you to use your personal position and influence to get contributions from your respective management and friends to support this project in whatever form and nature.

We definitely cannot achieve this great milestone alone, we need and count on your support and assistance to make our dream a reality. We shall all come together by His special grace and mercy to witness the commissioning of the NUPENG Tower at God’s appointed time.

The NUPENG Tower when completed as you have seen from the Proto type will stand out in the landscape of Yaba environs, comfortably satisfying all our administrative and operational needs as well as rendering commercial services to other corporate organizations.

I have a strong believe that this is achievable because according to Bill Cosby’s quote “the past is a ghost, the future a dream and all we ever have is now! Because what is never started today is never finished tomorrow!

Once again, from the deepest part of our minds, we wish to profoundly express our appreciation to our distinguished Guests of Honour, Captains of Industry, Management and members that are here with us physically and those that send representatives to mark this great occasion with us today. We are blessed to have you as our friends and supporters.

On this note I want to specially also appreciate the Group Managing Director of NNPC Mallam Mele Kyari for his relentless support for this leadership and its quest to move NUPENG to greater heights. Our sincere gratitude and appreciation also go to our amiable host Governor, Mr. Governor Comrade Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu for the greater boost and encouragement by granting in all waivers in developmental charges that runs into millions of Naira. Many thanks also to my Governor, Dr. (Senator) Ifeanyi Okowa a greater supporter to my administration and NUPENG next level dream. I appreciate you immensely sir.

To my fellow Comrades, I sincerely thank you all for the support and co-operation, as you can see that your Union Dues is being put to proper use. I further pledge to be very frugal with your dues to achieve greater exploits for our great Union but as you all know; we will need your further contributions and support to see us through.

I urge you to personally see this project as a legacy that will bring Joy, happiness and Pride to our Members and the labour movement in general as it will outlive all of us.
Once again, I thank you all for coming and may God grant us journey mercies to our various destinations.

Long live NUPENG!

Long live ULC!

Long live Lagos state!

Long live Delta state!
Long live Federal Republic of Nigeria!

NUPENG Seminar: Keyamo Assures Workers Of Decent Employment, Stoppage Of Outsourcing & Contract Staffing

NUPENG Seminar: Keyamo Assures Workers Of Decent Employment, Stoppage Of Outsourcing & Contract Staffing

The Honorable Minister of State For Labour and Employment, Barrister Festus Keyamo (SAN) has rekindled the hopes and expectations of oil and gas workers, just as he assured them of decent working conditions that can promote human dignity.

According to the Honourable Minister, the technical committee that is set up to review the guidelines of labour administration, issues in contract staffing, outsourcing etc, in the oil and gas sector have been revived by him and deliberations between his ministry and other relevant stakeholders will soon resume and NUPENG will be actively involved.

He made the remarks in Lagos on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at NECA House during the opening ceremony of a two-day education seminar organized by the leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) with the theme, “creating a sustainable brand as a trade union organization for positive social change”.

Barrister Keyamo maintained that under his chairmanship the technical committee will ensure that government put to final rest all lingering issues affecting workers’ interest in line with all the guidelines of ILO.

He thanked the leadership of NUPENG for the choice of the seminar’s theme which to him was not only topical but appropriate.

Subsequently, the National President of NUPENG, Comrade Williams Akporeha on behalf of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the union presented a certificate of attendance to the Honorable Minister as a mark of appreciation and to also prove that the Union is proud to be identified with him.

The General Secretary of NUPENG, Comrade Afolabi Olawale during his votes of thanks used the platform to express the Union’s profound appreciation to Barrister Festus Keyamo (SAN) for his love and support for the union for more than two decades. On behalf of the NEC he further extended gratitude to all those who have contributed in one way or the other to make the workshop a success.

Comrade Afolabi equally acknowledged the contributions of all paper presenters at the workshop, particularly Dr. Louis Brown Ogbeifun, former President of PENGASSAN, Dr. Femi Aborishade, human rights activist, Dr Joe Ajaero, President, United Labour Congress (ULC), Director of Trade Union Services at the Ministry of Labour, Mrs Omabie Akpan, Director-General of NECA, Mr Timothy Olawale, etc for being part of the epochal event.

 

NUPENG Patron, Sir Mike Okiro Pays Courtesy Visit To Union’s Leadership

The National President of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Comrade Williams Akporeha recieved in audience, NUPENG National Patron, Sir Mike Okiro [CFR, NPM, Mni] at the Jibowu Secretariat of the Union on Monday, December 9, 2019.

In hand to receive the ex-Police Inspector General apart from the President was the General Secretary of the Union, Comrade Afolabi Olawale who used the ocassion to extoll the virtues of the elder statesman.

Others who officially witnessed the reception of the august visitor included the National Trustee, Comrade Monday Osunde, National Treasurer, Comrade Alex Agwanwor, Deputy General Secretary (Operations), Comrade Otite Onohwohwo, Deputy General Secretary (Admin), Comrade Akpede Christopher.

The rest were, Deputy General Secretary (Finance/Accounts), Comrade Anthony Chukwu, Comrade Adamson Momoh, Principal Assistant General Secretary (Research and Public Affairs) as well as Mrs Onome John (in-house intelligence/security consultant).

Sir Okiro is a man with vast literary acumen and has authored four books of different genre despite the herculean task associated with his chosen career and service to humanity.