GASTAB CEO, OMOGBOLAHAN SAHEED ADIGUN SALUTES PTD NATIONAL CHAIR, OTUNBA SALIMON AKANNI OLDAITI ON HIS BIRTHDAYemmanuel ajibule
The Chairman/CEO of Gastab Global Haulage and Deputy Chairman of Lagos Zonal Council of Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) Branch of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Comrade (Alhaji) Omogbolahan Saheed Adigun has felicitated with the National Chairman of PTD, Comrade (Otunba) Salimon Akanni Oladiti on the occasion of his birthday anniversary.
Otunba Oladiti usually observes October 10 of every calendar year to celebrate his birthday, but not without expressing profound gratitude to God for divine protection and providence through thanksgiving and praise as a devoted christian.
In a message to the PTD Chair on Thursday which was personally signed by Comrade Omogbolahan Adigun, he described Oladiti as a man of destiny and bridge builder. He added that Oladiti’s arrival as the leader of PTD at this time was not fortuitous but a divinely ordained step to turn around the fortunes of the tanker drivers.
”I, Omogbolahan Saheed Adigun heartily felicitates with my amiable leader and mentor, Otunba Salimon Akanni Oladiti on the occasion of his birthday anniversary which took place on October 10. 2019.
This is a remarkable and auspicious day to celebrate success, resilience, excellence, hardwork, generosity, kindness, humility, optimism, patriotism, and many more as typified by this thoroughbred Ibadan illustrious entrepreneur. He is a man of destiny and bridge builder and he is indeed a success story in every ramification. I am therefore pleased to join friends, fellow Comrades, business partners, family members as well as well wishers to celebrate one of Nigeria’s greatest business moguls and philanthropists.
Otunba, who is currently the National Chairman of Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) Branch of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Chairman of SAO group of companies is no doubt a fine, well-bred, well-spoken gentleman, a consummate leader and an astute trade unionist and strategist who has brought discipline, decency, unity, transparency, and accountability to PTD branch of NUPENG, and has consistently presented himself as a quintessential leader with commitment and patriotism.
I and my entire team at Gastab Global Haulage are deeply elated to celebrate this unique business crusader whose success has been resting on uncommon allegiance, perseverance, doggedness, sacrifice, sagacity, maturity, sincerity and foresightedness.
Otunba’s cerebral disposition, genuine consultation and remarkable progressive virtues have successfully converted the potentials of PTD into numerous enviable realities. Today, by the grace of God, PTD has its own world class hotel in Abuja and the branch has triumphed in building capacity in various business ventures. Otunba’s excellent style of leadership has impressively changed the negative perceptions people have about our members and this has fully restored our lost dignity and goodwill.
On this birthday of a reliable and an amazing Special Adviser to the President of NUPENG, Comrade (Prince) Williams Akporeha on Informal Sector, it is a unique opportunity to salute his selfless and unwavering commitment to humanity and astonishing accomplishments in life. I pray he would continue to usher in more grace to his success as he continues to further manifest his destined greatness. I have no iota of doubt his mega vision, octopus mission and unassailable journey of purposeful and selfless service to humanity would continue to magnify. May God bless him more, bless his family and business and I wish him long life. Happy birthday to you sir.” the message concluded.
FULL TEXT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA UNION OF PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS WORKERS (NUPENG), COMRADE (PRINCE) WILLIAMS AKPOREHA, AT THE END OF THE CENTRAL WORKING COMMITTEE MEETING (CWC) OF THE UNION AT JIBOWU ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019
Good afternoon gentlemen and ladies of the fourth estate of the realm, we deeply cherish your timely response to our invitation to this important press conference inspite of your tight schedule in your respective beats.
Today’s invitation is essentially designed to draw the attention of Nigerian Government and all relevant stakeholders in the Oil and Gas industry to the numerous germane issues that are impacting and affecting the interest and affairs of our members, as you are aware that our primary objectives are to promote, defend and advance the economic, social rights and wellbeing of our hard working members.
In pursuant of our core mandates as enumerated above, CWC-in-Session is deeply alarmed by several challenging situations that are confronting our industry and the nation at large which are directly responsible to the increasing levels of poverty and unemployment in the Country.
1. INDECENT EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS TERMS
There is a growing trend of indecent employment contract system of three, six and maximum of twelve months being introduced and practiced by the International oil Companies (IOCs) and their Labour Contractors in the Oil and Gas Industry and is a major concern to the leadership of NUPENG.
CWC-in-session seriously frowns at this imposition of indecent work condition by various International Oil Companies (IOCs) and their local collaborators as it is illegal, unfair, and inhuman to keep giving a worker three, six and twelve months employment contract and keep rolling it over for several years.
Our statutory institutions and agencies saddled with the responsibility of protecting Workers job interest must start addressing these challenges of workers exploitation and abuses now.
Nigerian labour laws are being flagrantly flouted with impunity by the employers, while our Statutory Agencies and institutions are fiddling and sadly the situation is getting worse by the day.
NUPENG wonders what sort of maximisation of Nigerian’s participation in the Oil and Gas operations will arise from the present unhealthy contract circle in the industry which has the strength to further impoverish workers in the Oil and Gas industry.
We demand immediate stop to this unfortunate trend in the interest of industrial peace and harmony.
2. ANTI LABOUR POSTURES OF OIL AND GAS COMPANIES
CWC-in-Session is calling on the Federal Government and other relevant authorities for the umpteenth time, to call to order Multinational and Indigenous Oil and Gas Companies that are constantly exhibiting anti Union postures through refusal to allow unionization of Contract workers, refusal to negotiate, refusal to recognize workers already organized, Multiple Fragmentation of Contracts to frustrate the efforts of the Union in organizing the workers.
It also includes, treating labour relations issues with contempt and disdain to the extent of refusing implementation on rulings of Industrial Arbitration Panels whenever it goes against the wishes of the affected companies.
It is regrettable to note that NAOC and its Service Contractors have refused to review the service workers’ condition of service since 2012, hiding under the guise of litigation which has nothing to do with the Union.
No one should take the patience of the Union for weakness or abandonment of our responsibility; we have waited this long so as not to give room for misinterpretation of our actions. We will not hesitate to take some decisive actions in coming weeks if these situations are not immediately ameliorated; some of these companies include NEST Oil and its Contractors, Shell Petroleum Development Companies with its Contractors, Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) and its Contractors such as WAEP, MIDIS Nig Ltd, RYPAC, D.A ENTERPRISES, Slumberger Nigeria Limited with its Contractors and AMCON as it affects ASCOT.
3. INVOLVING/GRANTING OF CONTRACTS WITHOUT RECRUITER’S LICENSE/ NON IMPLEMENTATION OF RECRUITERS’LICENSE CLAUSES IN THE LABOUR LAW.
More worrisome to the Union is the involving and awarding of jobs to contractors without Recruiter’s Licenses in the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry. It is very obvious that many Labour Contractors being engaged by Oil and Gas Companies in Nigeria are not registered as Recruiter in clear violation of the extant laws on being licensed as a Labour Recruiter.
This has seriously impacted negatively on the conditions of work of those being recruited. There is massive exploitation and abuse of Workers’ rights to the extent of wicked elopement of Contract workers severance benefits by Contactors to these Oil Companies. Some of these cases we have include Virtual Travel Network that eloped with terminal benefits of 48 NAOC Contract Workers since 2015 and Logistics Facility Affairs (LFA) a Contractor with Chevron Nigeria Limited that also ran away with Workers final entitlement.
Extremely disturbing is the fact that Labour Contracts are awarded to Contracting Companies who do not only have recruiter’s licenses but also with no operational offices or fixed addresses. A Nigerian would work under harsh and hard conditions for several years receiving peanuts and yet when the contract ends, his/her severance benefits are stolen away by contractors hired by an international oil companies. Most times when confronted, these IOCs feign ignorance of the whereabouts of these portfolio Contractors/ Recruiters.
Meanwhile, the existing guidelines and Labour Act clearly state that, ‘‘Every Contractor shall have Recruiter’s License and it shall be an offence for a Principal Oil Company to deal with a Contractor without Recruiters’ License.’’
The leadership of this Union is however resolved and ready to activate the instrument of the law and all other legitimate means as recognized by the Labour Laws and conventions to fight this apparent injustice, retrogression, humiliation and inhuman treatments meted on Nigerian Oil and Gas workers.
4. REHABILITATION OF PETROLEUM DEPOTS/REFINERIES IN NIGERIA
CWC-in-Session also uses this opportunity to further appreciate the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari for assuring Nigerians that the full rehabilitation of Nigeria’s three refineries in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna will commence in January 2020 with the assurance to have them working in their full working capacities by 2022. For us as a key stakeholder in the industry we see this as good news which should be commended and applauded.
Consequently, CWC-in-Session found it necessary to once again commend the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) particularly the Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, who on Saturday, September 21, 2019 re-commissioned the Ancient Ilorin City’s NNPC/PPMC Depot, thereby boosting access of Ilorin, Kwara State, and its environs to petroleum products supply and distribution for the benefit of all Nigerians.
As a Union with sound operational and institutional history of the Oil and Gas industry, we are aware that the Ilorin Depot is part of the corporation’s System 2B Pipeline Network which was knocked down more than eight years ago due to acts of economic sabotage and lack of political will.
While we acknowledged NNPC’s success in restoring Ilorin Depot, we also want the GMD and his very visionary and hardworking team to extend this laudable gesture to various Strategic Petroleum Products Depots across the Country, like those in Ore, Benin, Jos, Makurdi, Gusau, Suleja, Aba by revitalizing and resuscitating them to their full capacities in the interest of Nigerians and this we are sure will build capacity, save cost and introduce an era of steady and uninterrupted production curve that will grow the Oil and Gas industry.
However, CWC-in-Session is also grossly concerned that the strategic refinery depots of Warri, Kaduna and Port Harcourt are not being fully utilized despite the fact that they are in very good and functional conditions; they are not being fully used for the distribution of NNPC mostly imported products, while private depots continue to have full patronage.
As a result of this, our members in these areas are suffering and wallowing in idleness.
CWC-in-Session therefore urges NNPC management to reconsider the decision of not sending most of their imported petroleum products to Warri, Kaduna and Port Harcourt refinery depots as mentioned earlier.
CWC-in-Session wants to make it abundantly clear that NUPENG fully supports the use of other private depots, especially depots outside Lagos as one of the realistic solutions to decongest the gridlock in Apapa and easing the problem of petroleum products supply and distribution for domestic, commercial and industrial utilization in the country without hitches.
5. SPEEDY PASSAGE OF PIB
CWC-in-Session once again reaffirms its belief of the enormous gains Nigeria will get if this Bill is eventually passed, signed into law and duly implemented, it would be of greater value in obliterating challenges of the Industry as well as create sustainable foundation for industrial growth and prosperity.
NUPENG boldly offers our full support and readiness to work with the executive and legislative arms of government and other industry stakeholders to ensuring the actualization of this lofty reform in the entire Oil and Gas value chain.
The Union is however pleased that the leadership of the two new chambers of the 9th National Assembly emerged without much division and have boldly and openly declared their readiness to make use of lessons learnt from the pitfalls that prevented the success of previous National Assembly in passing this all important Bill.
6. BAD ROADS
CWC-in-Session is utterly pained by the deplorable state of Nigerian roads with its attendant disruption of smooth supply and distribution of petroleum products to many parts of the country. The daily feedback we get from Petroleum Tanker Drivers Branch of our Union who traverse the length and breadth of the country through the use of these poor road infrastructure are very disturbing and the situation is making their economic activities grossly turbulent, herculean and unpleasant on a daily basis.
It is very heart-rending, seeing Petroleum Tanker Drivers spending weeks on the roads across the country as a result of poor conditions of our roads which is giving rise to serious accidents, damages to their trucks and exposure to other roads hazards which ordinarily could have been averted if the roads were to be in perfect conditions.
Some of these deplorable highways include:
1) Bida-Mokwa-Jebba road
2) Oyo-Ogbomoso road
3) Ilorin road
4) Benin-Warri road
5) Benin-Auchi-Okene road
6) Enugu-Onisha road
7) Calabar-Itu road
8) Eleme-Onne Express road, Eleme area, East West road
9) Port Harcourt-Aba-Ikot Ekpene road
As a responsible and law abiding but resolute and vibrant Union, we have not and still would not renege in ensuring adherence to minimum safety standards for our tanker drivers and the general road users.
In the light of this, NUPENG therefore uses this medium to put a clarion call to the Federal Government to expedite action on repairing all the bad roads within the 6 geo-political zones of Nigeria, so as to assuage the suffering of Nigerians who are passing through this excruciating and avoidable circumstance. We’re convinced that Government’s swift response will help not to make this situation go out of control.
As conscious, enlightened and seasoned Labour Correspondents, you will recall that NUPENG and her sister Union, PENGASSAN held a joint Press Conference earlier in September to express our displeasure over the spate of insecurity in the country and unfortunately our members have continued to live in fear as the mostly targeted group by these social scourge and menace.
The Oil and Gas workers are constantly threatened by the boldness and brazen manner that these bandits carry out their nefarious activities ranging from intimidation, bombings, oil and gas pipelines vandalism, suicide attacks, killing of security agents, unarmed innocent people, burning of Police stations, kidnapping, raping of school girls and women to mention a but a few.
The state of insecurity is also discouraging to Investors as no sane person will invest in an unsafe and insecure environment. Thus, the deepening level of poverty and unemployment situation will continue unabated.
We therefore use this veritable medium to once again reiterate the call to the Government of Nigeria to urgently find solutions to the increasing rate of insecurity of lives and properties in the country which is causing massive negative impacts and effects on investment and citizenry livelihoods.
It is our wish like every other sane Nigerians to see a flourishing, safe, and investment-friendly socio-economic clime accompanied by sound education, robust human capital development, abundant employment opportunities and capacity building initiatives for the youths, good health care system, increase infrastructure development and other basic needs of Nigerians.
On this note and on behalf of the Central Working Committee of our great and indefatigable Union I say thank you for your apt attention and attendance.
Our Solidarity remains constant!! For the union makes us strong!!!!
We shall overcome; thank you and God bless us all.
The National Leaderships of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria under the aegis of NUPENGASSAN paid a courtesy visit to the newly appointed Group General Manager of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at the conference hall in NNPC Towers, FCT, Abuja.
NUPENG Former President, Comrade Akpatason Decorated As Asst. Commissioner, Lagos State Scout Councilemmanuel ajibule
NUPENGASSAN CONDEMNS THE SPATE OF INSECURITY IN NIGERIA, CALLS FOR URGENT GOVERNMENTAL AND SOCIETAL REVALUATION AND PARADIGM SHIFTSemmanuel ajibule
The National leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) under the aegis of NUPENGASSAN is grossly disturbed with the massive impacts and effects of the state of insecurity and various crimes in the country on the overall profile and image of Nigeria in the global landscape.
The Unfortunate situation has given rise to unprecedented loss of faith and confidence in the Nation, giving room for calls for alternative lines of action that are irresponsible and unpatriotic by some parochial and selfish interest groups.
We are utterly saddened by the apparent loss of control over the activities of bandits in all sections of the country. Every daily headline (locally and globally) is replete with gory stories of killings, kidnapping, ritualism, cultism, human trafficking, rape and all sorts.
We are deeply dumbfounded by the boldness and brazen manner that these bandits carry out their nefarious activities ranging from intimidation, bombings, suicide attacks, killing of security agents, unarmed innocent people, burning of Police stations, kidnapping, raping of school girls and women to mention a but a few.
Sadly, these nefarious acts have put Nigeria amongst the ignoble terrorist countries of the world, with serious implications for the much desired national development and growth. Frankly speaking, no Nation can make any serious progress when lives of people (citizens and foreigners) are constantly in danger.
Some politicians and political office holders are also contributors in no small measure to this security challenge bedeviling our Nation as a result of their desperate bid for power which gives rise to the proliferation of guns and creation of armed thugs across the land.
As a direct beneficiary of the negative effects of the ugly cases of kidnappings, killings and assassinations which have put the lives of our members and the general public in danger, NUPENGASSAN hereby draws the attention of the top echelon of the Security Agencies to the rot in their respective organizations and implore them to address the issue by smoking out the bad eggs within their folds for the sake of national interest which is expected to be above pecuniary interests. We should have Security Agencies that the people can trust to offer useful intelligence reports and our security officers should be properly trained, equipped and motivated enough to act on such information to smash these criminal gangs before they strike.
However, it would be uncharitable for us to ignore the patriotism, dedication, commitment and resilience of some of our gallant security operatives in the Military, Department of State Services (DSS), Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Immigration, Customs so far, in making effort to curtail the upsurge and onslaught of Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, militancy, kidnapping as well as activities of separatists and armed militias, among others.
For us as concerned relevant stakeholders, it has become necessary and expedient for us at a time like this to urgently alert the Federal Government of the grave dangers that the current situation is posing on the image of our country and the multiplying impacts on the livelihood of the citizenry; we therefore use this veritable medium to make a clarion call on the government and those saddled with the responsibility of securing lives and properties to rise to the occasion by stemming the tide of insecurity and other emerging crimes in order to protect and stabilize our overall socio-economic and political interests.
The mandate given to this Government is sacred and requires much more than any political affiliation or considerations. Our lives, sources of livelihood and comfort depend largely on this sacred mandate. Government must be seen to be capable, committed and consistent in discharging its responsibilities, the very basic of which is security of lives and properties. There should be no sacred cow in the bid to rid this Country of these unscrupulous elements and no stone should be left unturned
As responsible and responsive organizations, NUPENG and PENGASSAN will not keep silent and watch the Nation be turned into a banana republic. Our members continue to live in fear as the mostly targeted group by these bandits.
Nevertheless, we would not renege in doing our best to support the Government as we are aware that the success and prosperity of Nigeria is a collective responsibility but the Government of the day is hereby reminded that the buck stops on its table. It should therefore not hesitate to rejig its security architecture for optimal performance, so that Nigerians can experience the much desired, peace, security of lives and properties and a more investment enabling environment for all. In the end, there would be safety nets to cater for unemployment, youth empowerment, human capital development and capacity building.
May God bless and prosper Nigeria.
JOINTLY SIGNED BY:
Comrade Ndukaku Michael Ohaeri,
Comrade Williams Akporeha,
Comrade Lumumba .I. Okugbawa, MNIM,
PENGASSAN General Secretary,
Comrade Olawale Afolabi,
General Secretary NUPENG.
Comrade Oluleye Olayemi Elisha has been elected as the National Chairman of Independent Marketers Branch (IMB) of Nigeria Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) in Abuja during the Branch’s 4th Quadrennial Delegate Conference on Thursday, August 29, 2019.
NUPENG CONGRATULATES LABOUR MINISTER, DR CHRIS NGIGE AND MINISTER OF STATE, PETROLEUM RESOURCES, TIMIPRE SYLVAemmanuel ajibule
The National leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) warmly rejoices with His Excellency, Dr Chris Ngige on his reappointment as Minister of Labour and Employment by President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR).
Dr Ngige’s reappointment is a clear recognition and deserving reward for his monumental contributions in engendering industrial peace and harmony among trade unions and the entire Nigeria’s work force in line with the laudable policy of this present administration.
We are also aware that you have made considerable deposit into the public bank of trust since your foray into active politics and we hope that your experience in the first term in office as a Minister would come to bear as a guiding light in the discharge of this herculean and crucial national assignment.
As a responsible Union, we pray that God continues to keep you and may your wisdom never diminish as you continue to serve assiduously to take Nigerian industrial relations matters to desirable next level, while cementing on the gains previously recorded.
Similarly, NUPENG also extends our deep felicitation to the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, His Excellency Timipre Sylva; we have the conviction that your experience and meritorious track records as Governor of oil producing Bayelsa State and as special adviser on Petroleum to Edmund Daukoru would be brought to bear in managing this integral part of our country’s economy and to overcome challenges.
NUPENG equally urge you sir, to strengthen your resolve to make Nigeria proud with this fresh milestone. Sir, please be assured that the Union remains committed to collaborate with you most sincerely and your team on the activities that will move Nigeria forward and foster symbiotic relationship in the overall interest of our country especially Nigerian Oil and Gas workers.
Congratulations to you sir, an achiever with class and finesse.
Our solidarity remains constant for the Union makes us strong.
JOINTLY SIGNED BY:
COMRADE WILLIAMS AKPOREHA,
NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF NUPENG.
COMRADE OLAWALE AFOLABI,
GENERAL SECRETARY OF NUPENG.
Comrade Israel Omokero has been elected new National Chairman of Surface Tank Kerosene Peddlers Branch of NUPENG (SUTAKEP), on Friday, 2nd August, 2019.
The labour leader was elected unopposed at the third Quadrennial Delegates Conference of the Branch which held at Kingscelia hotels & suites in Jibowu, Lagos.
Others who were elected under the same peaceful atmosphere are John Ukpabia (Vice Chairman), Oladiti Adeola (Secretary) Adeyemo Kudirat (Treasurer), Felix Akinwande (Financial Secretary), and Bright Eneruyi (Assistant Secretary).
The rest are, Felix Akinwade (Financial Secretary), Stella Uzoka (Welfare), Joseph Oluwole-Ojo (PRO), Muazo Umar Isa (Trustee), Sabo Hannah (Ex-Officio), Levi Chinzo (Ex-Officio), Adamu Allason (Ex-Officio), Adetola Gani and Jigolo Samagbehin (Adviser).
Earlier in the day, the President of the Union, Comrade Williams Eniredonana Akporeha and the General Secretary of the Union, Comrade Afolabi Olawale both declared the electoral process open and also gave advise to the delegates urging them to cooperate with those that will be elected and should work together to advance the implementation of the good intentions of the branch in the overall interest of the country.
The President, though unavoidably absent but was ably represented by the Deputy President of the Union, Comrade Solomon Kilanko, whilst Comrade (Chief) Lucky Osesua, Deputy National Chairman PTD Branch of NUPENG stood in for the National Chairman, Comrade (Otunba) Salimon Akanni Oladiti.
The National leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) wishes to inform the rank and file members of the Union and the general public that following the intervention of Mallam Mele Kyari, the Group Managing Director and his management team to avert the proposed industrial action of NUPENG over the blatant breach of agreement reached with the Union by Chevron Nigeria and its Contractor and considering the fact that appreciable progress is being made as discussions continue, that the Union hereby suspends with immediate effect the planned industrial action slated for next week.
It should be put on records that this abrupt suspension became inevitable due largely to the timely intervention of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) having engaged NUPENG and all concerned stakeholders at two separate meetings on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd day of August 2019, to correct the anomalies and ensure that the agreement is respected.
All our members are directed to step down the RED ALERT message, continue rendering their normal and lawful services to the nation while members of the general public are also enjoined to avoid any panic action/measure as we assure all and sundry of normal supply and distribution of petroleum products across the country.
It should be noted however, that talks are still ongoing between NUPENG and all affected stakeholders to amicably resolve the matter putting into consideration the collateral economic damage the industrial unrest could possibly lead to in the country if not immediately nipped in the bud.
It is our firm belief that the ongoing talks will meet the yearnings and aspirations of our demands and that of our overstretched and hardworking members in the interest of industrial peace and harmony.
Our solidarity remains constant!! For the Union makes us strong!!!
COMRADE WILLIAMS AKPOREHA ,
NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF NUPENG,
COMRADE AFOLABI OLAWALE,
GENERAL SECRETARY OF NUPENG.