Also, former Head of State Yakubu Gowon called on the union to ensure availability of fuel supply during the yuletide season.
The General Secretary of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Comrade Adamu Song in a group photograph with some members of staff clad in Union’s branded 40th anniversary shirts at the National Secretariat in Jibowu, Lagos. Wednesday, November 14, 2018.
President of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Comrade Williams Eniredonana Akporeha was on Tuesday (November 13, 2018) received by His Excellency, (Rtd.) General Yakubu Gowon GCFR, former Head of State, Federal Republic of Nigeria in Abuja.
Akporeha was received in company of the Union’s Deputy General Secretary in charge of Operations, Comrade Afolabi Olawale during the courtesy to the former Nigerian leader.
The National leadership of NUPENG also got the approval from the elderstatesman (General Gowon), to be the Chairman of the Union’s 40th anniversary ceremonies which will take place in December 5th and 6th, 2018 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Also in attendance was the former Inspector General of Police, Mr Mike Mbama Okiro.
Okiro held sway as IGP from 2007 to 2009 and was later appointed by the immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan as the Chairman of the Police Service Commission on May 8, 2013, a position he held for 5 years until July 2018 when he later handed over to Musiliu Smith who was also a former IGP.
National President of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) Comrade Williams Akporeha and his National Administrative Council members (NAC) during a courtesy visit to the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru and his management team at the NNPC Towers in Abuja on Thursday October 25, 2018.
It was also a gathering through which Dr Maikanti inaugurated NNPC’s newly-elected Group Executive Council (GEC) members of the NUPENG who will be led in the next four years by Comrade David P. Idache.
“The development is imperative as the union will not want to be tagged as one involved in economic sabotage.
“The offences vary from stealing of petroleum products, pipeline vandalism, product adulteration, petroleum products’ theft and illegal bunkering,’’ Oladiti said.
He added that others vices included hijack of truck, manhole manipulation, constant shortage, sales of petroleum product and replacing with bad ones.
He said the training which started three years ago had passed the test of time and equally led to reduction in accidents.
Mr Oladiti said the union had been constantly educating the members on how their contemporaries in developed country operated.
He said that the Union would also ensure the use of modern devices in motoring the members’ activities while on road, saying though, not a new method in most developed countries.
He commended FRSC for its involvement and support in the training since inception of the programme.
He also condemned a common habit among drivers whereby they remove speedometers from the dashboard of their truck in order not to know their speed.
Besides, the PTD boss noted that the Union would continue collaborating with the FRSC to ensure that petroleum tanker drivers did not become nuisance to the society.
“We have an agreement with NUPENG PTD to organise periodic training programme for their drivers.
“This is very critical even though we have seen reduction in the traffic crashes involving tanker drivers.
“We have recorded 196 this year and the economic value is about N9.8 billion loss, involving cost of other vehicles, lives, damage to the environment and to the roads.
“NUPENG PTD is putting its best to set up capacity workshop for the tanker drivers. Once they finished in Lagos, the other programme will take place in Kaduna and Warri and this is very impressive.
“We are going to give our maximum support to NUPENG towards ensuring that the 4,000 tanker drivers are fully trained,” he said.
The FRSC boss also urged the union to carry out more visual tests on drivers, saying that it had been discovered that 30 per cent of commercial vehicle drivers had visual acuity challenges.
“We encourage them on the visual acuity test. During the study carried out about three months ago, we discovered that 30 per cent of the commercial drivers experience vision acuity challenges.
“Wearing a pair of glasses is not a crime and will not result to loss of jobs but will improve their vision activity measure.’’
He observed that many of the people were hypertensive and with high sugar levels.
He said that it was important for NUPENG PTD to ensure periodic medical examination for its drivers to ensure road safety culture in the country.
Others who were present at the venue were, Deputy President of NUPENG, Comrade Solomon Kilanko, Chairman NUPENG Lagos Zonal Office, Comrade Tayo Aboyeji, Deputy General Secretary of NUPENG in charge of operations, Comrade Olawale Afolabi, Comrade Tokunbo Korodo (Former Lagos Chairman of NUPENG Lagos Zone) etc.
Impressively, the beautifully designed mascot creatively captured the essence of the remarkable historic moment of the Union, and the unveiling ceremony was done by the national president of the Union, Comrade Williams Akporeha alongside his team of national executives, led by the Union’s General Secretary Comrade Adamu Song, followed by the Deputy General Secretary in charge of operations, Comrade Afolabi Adewale.Others were Comrade Alex Agwanwor (National Treasurer), Comrade Monday Osunde (National Trustee), Comrade Rotimi Benjamin (Vice President Lagos), Comrade Otite Onohwohwo (PAGS Admin), Comrade Anthony Chukwu (PAGS Finance/Account), Comrade Adamson Momoh (PAGS Research P/A), Comrade Tayo Aboyeji (Chairman Lagos Zone) and other secretariat staff.
The Deputy General Secretary of the Union, Comrade Olawale Afolabi however took time to narrate the journey of the Union in the last 4 decades through a projected powerpoint presentation which captured the mission, objective, scope, membership, past Presidents and General Secretaries of the Union etc. Before this presentation was made, the audience enjoyed a short documentary about the Union and this was projected intermittently on the big screen to their delight.
Some of the activities slated for the anniversary are, colourful exhibition of oil gas products, tools and equipment, cultural competitions, talk shows which will involve the Union’s veterans (past presidents and secretaries) and other high profile personalities in the society etc.
In addition, campaign messages will also be populated on the Union’s various social media platforms and on the Union’s official website, albeit, the traditional media will also not be left out for dissemination of similar information within this period.
Besides, awards and recognition will also go to some hard working and illustrious members of staff and those who have served meritoriously for a reasonable number of years; this will also be extended to individuals, corporate organizations, and other key social partners who have contributed immensely to the overall growth and development of the country’s oil and gas industry and ultimately those that have engendered peaceful and harmonious industrial relations. NUPENG has also deemed it necessary to offer same gesture to the President of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari who would be deservedly honoured with a prestigious award of ”GCOGN” Grand Comrade of Oil and Gas Workers’ Union of Nigeria.
NUPENG over the past four decades has commendably saddled itself with the task of organizing and unionizing oil and gas workers, negotiating better working conditions and benefits for workers through purpose driven collective bargaining agreement, assisting in resolving disputes between its members and their employers, resolving disputes among its members, promoting and encouraging international fraternal relations with bodies having the interest of petroleum and natural gas workers at heart, organizing education and training programmes for members among others laudable functions and responsibilities.