NUPENG CALLS OUT TOTAL E&P AND SHELL PETROLEUM TO PRODUCE ADOLOR UWAMU OF VALIANT ENERGY SERVICES TO PAY SACKED WORKERS’ TERMINAL BENEFITSemmanuel ajibule
The national leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) is calling out TOTAL E&P and SHELL Petroleum Nigeria to produce Mr ADOLOR UWAMU who has remained a fugitive to the security agents and various regulatory authorities in the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry to pay the final entitlements of workers he wrongly sacked since 2019.
These workers provided services to Total E&P and SHELL Petroleum Nigeria under this Mr ADOLOR’s company and we are grossly disturbed and disappointed that these two multinational Oil companies have remained silent and indifferent to the continued evasiveness of Mr Adolor Uwamu of VALIANT Energy West Africa from his responsibility to pay the terminal benefits of these workers despite all our letters and press releases.
NUPENG is seriously pained to draw the attention of the general public to the fact that precisely July 9th 2020 the Union simultaneously picketed the company’s facilities both in Lagos and Port Harcourt, but unfortunately Mr Adolor in his usual arrogance brazenly refused to fulfill his constitutional obligations to the sacked workers.
The Union finds it appalling that despite being on the run Shell Nigeria Limited and Total E&P still continue to patronize VALIANT Energy West Africa without recourse to the plight of the sacked workers who have been out of jobs since October 28, 2019.
We therefore call on the global community to be fully aware that ‘‘friends of a fugitive are also fugitives’’. NUPENG is however using this veritable medium to call on the managements of Shell Nigeria Limited and Total E&P as a matter of urgency to bring him out and prove to the world that they are not aiding and abetting criminality and illegality in the Oil and Gas industry.
Whilst we take into cognizance the sensitive nature of this unfolding crisis and the collateral damage it could have on the country’s economy having realized the recalcitrance attitude of Mr Adolor which is capable of plunging the nation into industrial disharmony, it then became necessary for all concerned parties not to treat this matter with levity.
In the light of the above, we implore all relevant stakeholders in the industry including the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), GMD of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the Nigeria Police, Department of State Services (DSS) etc, to live up to their responsibilities by fishing out Mr Adolor Uwamu so that he can be compelled to pay the terminal benefits of the affected workers which is already taking longer than necessary.
The general public should note that NUPENG should no longer be blamed for any industrial actions our members may deem fit to express their grievances over above the law attitude and actions of Mr ADOLOR UWAMU and his collaborators.
Our solidarity remains constant for the Union makes us strong.
Comrade Williams Akporeha,
National President of NUPENG,
Comrade Afolabi Olawale,
General Secretary of NUPENG.