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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NUPENG, PENGASSAN Commend President Buhari’s Flagoff Of Oil Exploration In Bauchi State

The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) have expressed satisfaction with the flag-off and official commencement of crude oil search in the Kolmani Well River-II.

The area is located near Barambu, Alkaleri Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

Francis Johnson, PENGASSAN president and Williams Akporeha, NUPENG president in a joint statement on Sunday, said the development showed President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to grow Nigeria’s economy, boost capacity and provide energy sufficiency, strengthen Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.

It said the initiative will go a long way in galvanizing the current government’s national drive for job creation, youths empowerment and human capital development.

The statement, however, appealed to the administration to accelerate the final executive assent to the entire Petroleum Industry Bill.

“In this Bill, roles and accountability are better clarified; governance and transparency strengthened and inefficiency, maladministration, corruption and secrecy are accordingly tackled, these are quite important and must be upheld”, it added.

“We further believe that when passed, it would end unnecessary political interference in the sector and optimize value chain in the upstream, midstream and downstream of the petroleum industry, and as well separate the roles of the policy maker from the regulator and from the commercial institutions.

“This historic flag off is without doubt, a full demonstration of Nigerians resilience, doggedness and determination, and the entire productive oil and gas workers are very proud of this great achievement and we promise to keep raising the bar with other committed stakeholders.”

The statement in full:

JOINT PRESS STATEMENT OF NUPENG & PENGASSAN:

NUPENG AND PENGASSAN COMMEND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CRUDE OIL EXPLORATION FLAG OFF IN BAUCHI STATE

The leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) are profoundly pleased with the flag-off and official commencement of crude oil search in the Kolmani Well River-II, located near Barambu, Alkaleri Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

This latest milestone recorded by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is undoubtedly a reflection of his government resolve and commitment to grow Nigeria’s economy, boost capacity and provide energy sufficiency, strengthen Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.

Certainly, this initiative will go a long way in galvanizing the current government’s national drive for jobs creation, youths empowerment and human capital development.

We equally found it worthy to extend our commendations to the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, the hard working Group Managing Director, NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, and their entire team for making February 2, 2019 epochal in the annals of Nigerian history, posterity will surely judge you kindly for being a part of this major and significant breakthrough in our national life.

The untiring and fantastic efforts of our irrepressible members to the realization of the noble dream are also highly commendable and we praise their uncommon contributions to the growth and development of our dear country.

There is no iota of doubt in our minds that Nigerian workers have capacity and ability to deliver even much more than their counterparts in other climes when given the right tools and right working environment/conditions to do so.

However, as key stakeholders in the industry, we urge and appeal to this listening administration to accelerate the final executive assent to the entire Petroleum Industry Bill.

In this Bill, roles and accountability are better clarified; governance and transparency strengthened and inefficiency, maladministration, corruption and secrecy are accordingly tackled, these are quite important and must be upheld.

We further believe that when passed, it would end unnecessary political interference in the sector and optimize value chain in the upstream, midstream and downstream of the petroleum industry, and as well separates the roles of the policy maker from the regulator and from the commercial institutions.

This historic flag off is without doubt, a full demonstration of Nigerians resilience, doggedness and determination, and the entire productive oil and gas workers are very proud of this great achievement and we promise to keep raising the bar with other committed stakeholders.

Our solidarity remains constant for the Union makes us great.

SIGNED:
COMRADE FRANCIS O JOHNSON: PRESIDENT OF PENGASSAN
COMRADE (PRINCE) WILLIAMS AKPOREHA,
PRESIDENT OF NUPENG.

NUPENG Acting GS, Comrade Afolabi Hosts Lunch With Secretariat Staff

The newly appointed Acting General Secretary (GS) of NUPENG, Comrade Olawale Afolabi on Tuesday (January 29, 2019) hosted the Union’s staff at the secretariat to a lunch; an occasion marking the maiden official meeting the new GS would be having with the workers since he assumed office in January 1, 2019.

Speaking at the meeting in Jibowu, the Union’s National Secretariat the GS said the Union has the onerous responsibility of preserving and enhancing the legacy of learning, scholarship, hardwork, pro-activeness and free enquiry on relevant issues that can help to grow and build the Union in tandem with its set objectives laid down by the founding fathers.

“We are also in positions of trust requiring accountability, hence, the need for us to exemplify the highest standards of integrity and embrace unity among ourselves” he stressed.

Comrade Afolabi noted that the importance of the meeting/launch is to strengthen bond among the staff, and to encourage them to be free with him and show maximum cooperation and also charged them to justify the confidence reposed on them by the National leadership in the enormous responsibility of positively shaping the future of the Union.

Those in attendance were Comrade Monday Osunde (National Trustee), Comrade Anthony Chukwu (PAGS Finance/Accounts), Comrade Otite Precious Onohwohwo (PAGS Admin), Comrade Adamson Momoh (PAGS Research/Public Affairs), Comrade Lawrence Alabala (POS Education/Training), Comrade Ogobiri Augustine (Head of Warri Zone), Comrade Oluchi Amaogu (POS Gender Desk), Comrade Victor Okelakin (SOS Finance/Account), Comrade Emmanuel Ajibulu (SOS Research/Media/Publicity), Comrade Olivet Aberare (OS Legal) etc.

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Birthday: NUPENG President, Comrade Akporeha, Acting GS, Comrade Afolabi, Former GS, Comrade Song, Others Celebrate With Oghenetega

The National Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) was thrown into jubilant mood as one of the illustrious staff, Comrade Oghenetega Samuel Amori celebrated his birthday on Monday, January 28, 2019.

Comrade Amori is an Organizing Secretary in the Admin session of the National Secretariat who is known to be highly disciplined and with dedication to his official duties.

Those who shared in Comrade Amori’s joyous moment included the affable and amiable National President of the Union, Comrade Williams Akporeha, the newly appointed Acting General Secretary, Comrade Afolabi Olawale, former General Secretary of the Union, Comrade Adamu Song and members of staff of the secretariat who were physically present.

They expressed their heartfelt birthday messages in numerous as contained in a giant birthday greeting card made available at the secretariat. Some of the messages read:

Birthdays mean a fresh start; a time for looking back with gratitude at the blessings of another year. It is also a time to look forward with renewed hope for bigger blessings. May you find true bliss as you face your next milestones. Happy birthday to you. Congratulations

”May your life be full of loving memories! Happy Birthday to you Comrade! I wish you a year full of love, joy and many great achievements!”

 

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Lagos Zone Pays Solidarity Visit To NUPENG National Leadership

Members and Staff of Lagos Zonal Council of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Monday (January 14, 2019) in solidarity-visit, met with the Union’s National Leadership especially the newly appointed Acting General Secretary at the National Secretariat in Jibowu, Lagos.
The unionists who came in large numbers led by the Zonal Chairman and the Head of Lagos Zone, Comrade Tayo Aboyeji and Comrade Lanre Badmus in unison expressed their readiness to fully cooperate and support the new Acting General Secretary and the President of the Union, Comrade (Prince) Williams Akporeha.
The visitors however hailed Comrade Afolabi and described him as “a competent and blessed leader”, who has over the years displayed good leadership qualities in driving the affairs of the Union at every position and responsibilities given to him in the Union.
Speaking on behalf of the team, Comrade Aboyeji thanked Comrade Afolabi for his physical presence despite his tight schedule and stated that he and his Comrades are ready to contribute their quota in boosting the growth and success of the Union, stressing that the support of the Zone is 101% beyond mathematical evaluation.
While appreciating the Zone for the solidarity visit, the Union President, Comrade Akporeha said;
”I thank you specially for reposing your trust and confidence in our abilities and I also extend my gratitude to you in what I can describe as vote of confidence, Comrades I must say this visit is a very welcome one and I appreciate all of you. Just as you said you love me, I will also say I love you more. I equally urge you to do more in ensuring that Lagos Zone expands numerically and becomes bigger beyond our expectations at the secretariat..”
Continuing, the President said, ”I must further show appreciation to the present Zonal leadership in their zeal and commitment to grow and to make this Zone bigger and also stronger. When I consistently hear about the Zones being on the field with sincerity of purpose in organizing, unionizing  and inaugurating members in branches at the respective Zones of the Union it gives me joy and conviction that NUPENG is still alive and want you all to continue in this spirit.”
Comrade Afolabi on his part while expressing his appreciation for the kind gesture extended to him by the Zone stated;
”I thank you for this solidarity visit today, remember stepping into a position is one thing, another thing is that if there is no one coming forward to say we appreciate you, we are showing solidarity to you, this would definitely cast doubts about once’s emergence into such new position, so I want to really appreciate you for that confidence you have in the national secretariat and most importantly the National Executive Council for the choice they made.”
Comrade Afolabi urged the visiting Comrades to remember the leadership in prayers so that the mission, objectives and the vision of the Union would not be compromised under any guise.
”Meanwhile, I want you to always pray for us because we are not infallible, this is a young regime and we have new team that is just coming on board, we need all the support we can get from you, we are not perfect, we are humans. Please bear in minds that we have heads of departments, we have myself, we have the National Executive Council etc, we surely will be confronted with one issue or the other, and mind you the solutions to these issues are not written in any books, it is just by the grace and inspiration of God that we would surmount them and you should also pray that every mistakes we make should turn into miracles and good decisions in the eyes of those gauging our performance and the moves we make. You should also pray for me and my team so that we would always achieve our desired goals for the success of the Union and take it to its place of pride. I thank and appreciate you all for this visit” Afolabi said.
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COMRADE AFOLABI OLAWALE STEPS IN AS NUPENG ACTING GENERAL SECRETARY

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has further strengthened its National Executive Council (NEC) with the appointment of Comrade Afolabi Olawale Olufemi as the General Secretary of the Union in an acting capacity.

Comrade Afolabi until now was NUPENG’s Deputy General Secretary in charge of Operations. He received the leadership baton from Comrade Adamu Song on January 1, 2019, having reached the Union’s mandatory retirement age.

Comrade Afolabi a thorough bred unionist had his first degree in Philosophy at the prestigious University of Lagos in 1991 and subsequently obtained his Masters Degree in Industrial and Labour Relations at University of Ibadan in 1997, he equally acquired Post Graduate Certificate in Labour Policies Studies in 2004 at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

Afolabi is an astute trade unionist, and 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.

The erudite trade unionist also is an alumnus of numerous local and international management and professional programmes in Nigeria and other African countries, United States of America as well as other Southern and Northern American countries, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

This seasoned unionist has also attended various seminars and trainings organized by International Labour Organization (ILO).

There is no doubt absolutely that he will bring his wealth of experience and knowledge to bear in this new appointment.

SIGNED:

COMRADE PRINCE WILLIAMS AKPOREHA

NUPENG NATIONAL PRESIDENT.

Comrade Afolabi Olawale Officially Steps In As NUPENG Acting General Secretary As Adamu Song Bows Out

Comrade Usman Adamu Song who has been the General Secretary of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) since April 2018 has voluntarily resigned and handed over office to Comrade Afolabi Olawale Olufemi after attaining the mandatory retirement age.

The official change of baton in the Union’s National Executive leadership took place on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at NUPENG’s National Secretariat in Jibowu, Lagos.

Comrade Afolabi before this recent milestone was the Union’s Deputy General Secretary in charge of operations.

Those who witnessed the landmark ceremony were the incumbent President of the Union, Comrade (Prince) Williams Akporeha, Comrade Otite Precious Onohwohwo (Principal Assistant General Secretary in charge of Administration), Comrade Anthony Chukwu (Principal Assistant General Secretary in charge of Accounts/Finance), Comrade Adamson Momoh (Principal Assistant General Secretary in charge of Research and Public Affairs), Comrade Lawrence Alabala (Principal Organizing Secretary in charge of Education and Training) and Comrade Oluchi Amaogu (Principal Organizing Secretary-Gender Desk).

An official statement to this latest development would soon be made by the Union.

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FULL TEXT OF NUPENG 2018 CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

On behalf of the National Executive Council of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), I use this auspicious 2018 yuletide season to felicitate with the oil and gas workers, managements, Oil and Gas Stakeholders and all Nigerians, especially our Christian brothers and sisters.

On this occasion of the commemoration of the birth of the saviour, Jesus Christ, let us all realign ourselves to the virtues of industrial peace and harmony in the oil and gas sector, and as we extend love, honesty, justice, equity, humility and faultless service to our neighbours which Christ taught.

Traditionally, this period of every year is mostly given over to holidays, festivities and merriment, but individuals and nations often turn their minds, at this time also, to a degree of introspection on their lives and to taking stock of their achievements and failings in the outgoing year, as well as articulating their hopes and aspirations for the coming year.

It is instructive to note that in the course of the year, NUPENG thankfully recorded a very peaceful Delegates Conference in April 6, this year and successfully capped it with an historic 40th Anniversary celebrations in December.

We wish to use this opportunity to express our gratitude to all members for their loyalty and commitment to the ever continuing struggles for the protection of rights, privileges and improvements in the working conditions of everyone of us.

We also express our profound appreciation to Managements, Government Ministries/ Agencies/Parastatals and Oil and Gas Stakeholders who supported and stood by us in achieving various purposeful milestones this year.

We pledge our commitment not to renege in deepening our gains as a rebranded Union and focus more in applying social dialogue and best practices in dealing with industrial issues whenever they come up.

NUPENG shall continue to count on the goodwill, support and cooperation of all players in the Nigeria’s oil and gas value chain in the coming year as we strive to consolidate on the gains of 2018 and tackle fresh challenges.

We use this opportunity to admonish our government to proactively rededicate itself to the complete and total implementation of the national reforms not just in the petroleum sector, such that Nigeria at large could be better for it.

I wish you all merry Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Signed:
Comrade (Prince) Williams Akporeha
National President of NUPENG