NUPENG Holds Emergency NAC Meeting, Applauds President Akporeha for Entrenching Institutional Reforms & Progress 

Members of the enlarged National Administrative Council (NAC) of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, (NUPENG) had on Saturday (Sept 29, 2018) lauded the style of leadership of the Union’s President, Comrade Williams Akporeha, saying he has made a lot of institutional reforms since he officially assumed office on April 6, 2018.

NAC during its emergency meeting unanimously stated that the President has made a lot of institutional reforms in the Union and his agenda on taking the Union to the next level is on course with records of many positive milestones.

The President, Comrade Akporeha on his part showed appreciation to the encomiums he received at the high profile meeting and promised to do more.

He further emphasized on the new approach the Union is using to press home its demands in the interest of its members with a resolve to entrench harmonious and peaceful industrial relations in the overall interest of the Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.

The astute and very reticent but firm President also noted that his leadership will not hesitate to place the needs and interests of the Union above anything else and there is no going back on all the promises he made when he formally assumed office in April 2018.

Apart from the President, others who were part of the meeting included, Comrade Adamu Song (General Secretary), Comrade Solomon Kilanko (Deputy President), Comrade Bassey Harry (Deputy President), Comrade Alex Agwanwor (National Treasurer), Comrade Monday Osunde (National Trustee), Comrade Afolabi Olawale (Deputy General Secretary in charge of operations), Comrade Rotimi Benjamin (Vice President Lagos).

Also in attendance were the National Chairman of PTD branch of NUPENG Comrade (Otunba) Akanni Oladiti, Comrade Joke Oyeleke (Welfare Officer), Comrade Otite Onohwohwo (PAGS Admin), Comrade Anthony Chukwu (Finance/Account), Comrade Adamson Momoh (PAGS Research P/A), Comrade Tayo Aboyeji (Chairman Lagos Zone) Comrade Ogbodo Thompson (National Auditor), Comrade Prince Moses (National Chief Whip) and others.

NNPC Urges NUPENG, PENGASSAN To Halt Planned Strike

The Group Managing Director (GMD), NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, has urged oil workers to halt their planned strike over a labour dispute involving Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) management and the staff.

The unions are National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN).

Baru made the appeal in a statement by NNPC’s Group Public Affairs Manager, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, in Abuja on Sunday.

The GMD, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, said he had directed the management to work with other stakeholders to resolve the issues raised by the leadership of the unions.

He appealed to the unions not to do anything that would disrupt the industrial harmony that had pervaded the sector.

The group managing director expressed fears that the gains of the recent past in the sector, if care was not taken, could be frittered away inadvertently.

He however expressed optimism that the current dispute would be settled amicably.

It would be recalled that the unions had recently called on the National Assembly to intervene in the brewing impasse between CNL and its staff in Nigeria.

The unions further urged the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the NNPC and the Department of State Services (DSS) to also intervene.

The disagreements borders on the Chevron’s disclosure that the contracts with all its manpower services providers would expire by the end of October, 2018.

Consequently, NUPENG and PENGASSAN, last week Wednesday, put their members on red alert.

Meanwhile, the NNPC has allayed concerns of petroleum product consumers over possible hiccups in supply in parts of the country due to the workers’ ultimatum.

It gave the assurance that the corporation had adequate storage of petroleum products across the country to take care of the national demand.

Akinlaja Tasks Govt, Stakeholders To Resuscitate Orile-Iganmu Parking Space for Petroleum Tankers

Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources Downstream, Hon Joseph Iranola Akinlaja has admonished government at all levels as well as stakeholders in the oil and gas sector to urgently invest, resuscitate and develop the abandoned Orile parking space for petroleum tankers in order to reduce traffic gridlock in Apapa, Orile, and Mile-2 corridor of Lagos state.
The Ondo Rep, made the necessary and important call for the much needed social service at the 2018 edition of Lagos State Petroleum Marketers Safety Conference (LSPMSC) held in Federal Palace hotel VI, Lagos on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.
Akinlaja at the policy dialogue said lack of standard parking space in and around Orile-Iganmu, Apapa, Abule-Ado, etc where majority of private tank farms were located had resulted to gridlock on Lagos roads creating heavy toll on the health of the road users, reducing their lifespan and adversely affecting their productivity as well as the economy of the nation.
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“I have said it about 20 years ago when I was still in NUPENG and I am repeating it again that the Orile-Iganmu tanker park that was abandoned is the solution to the traffic gridlock on the Apapa corridor of Lagos and this facility has the capacity to accommodate about 3,000 trucks simultaneously. At present no depot or tank farm can boast of loading products at their maximum capacity and this has resulted to huge loss to investors on that corridor,’’ he said.
The Federal parliamentarian continued, ”I laughed the other time when the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo gave directive for the commencement of a 72-hour joint operation to restore sanity around Apapa and environs after activities of truck drivers had caused traffic gridlock and made vehicular movement around the axis near impossible because no parking alternative was provided for even up till now. Today the tankers are back and they will continue to be there.
”Until stakeholders like government, depot owners, etc come together and resuscitate that Orile tanker park, I dont see any solution playing out. And if the park must be fixed it must be in form of social service and not an avenue to make money, if the fees are too much the tanker divers might not be able to afford it. For example if they charge them may be N500, such fee will be used to maintain may be the toilets or to provide security or electricity and other services.
“Most of the roads to these depots are not accessible to tankers because they are in a bad state. So, any truck going through Apapa Marine Bridge road will be struggling with smaller ones and this may result to accident. If our roads are in good condition, many of our trucks would not be damaged on the roads,’’ Akinlaja maintained.