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.

Comrade (Prince) Williams Akporeha
National President of NUPENG

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