Comrade Afolabi Olawale Holds The Ace As NUPENG General Secretary

By Emmanuel Ajibulu

The apt, lucid, well measured and intelligent response as well as clarifications this morning on Ray Power Radio by the General Secretary of NUPENG, Comrade Olawale Afolabi to Kayode Opeifa, Vice Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on restoration of law and order in Apapa is highly commendable as Nigerians react positively on the social media.

The consummate administrator inspite of the limited time on the radio programme corrected the negative insinuations that the public might probably have about NUPENG and further reiterated that the oil workers are not strike mongers, affirming that the Union will always stand in defense of its member no matter whose ox is gored.

The General Secretary also gave reasons why it became necessary for the Petroleum Tanker Drivers to call off their strike on Monday August 10, 2020 in less than 24 hours of commencement, having seen positive, genuine and convincing response from the Lagos state Government to address the issues raised by the Union on their press statement on Friday.

More striking take home from the radio interview was the General Secretary’s firmness, doggedness and cerebral disposition during the discussion while also stressing that NUPENG is the most organized Union in the country with emphasis on ‘discipline’ on the part of its members.

The Wednesday outing on the radio show was a reflection of true Leadership that one can be proud of, showing capacity, competence and commitment to engender industrial peace and harmony in the overall interest of the country. Ssolidarity forever.

NUPENG LEADERSHIP DIRECTS WITHDRAWAL OF SERVICES BY PETROLEUM TANKER DRIVERS IN LAGOS STATE WITH EFFECT FROM MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2020

PRESS STATEMENT

The National Leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has directed the withdrawal of services of Petroleum Tanker Drivers from Lagos State with effect from Monday, 10th August 2020 following the failure of various authorities in the State to address three major issues that have severely caused pains and harrowing experiences on the hapless Petroleum Tanker Drivers in the State for several months now.

The entire rank and file members of the Union are deeply pained, frustrated and agonized by the barrage of these challenges being consistently faced by Petroleum Tanker Drivers in Lagos State and are left with no other option but to direct the withdrawal of their services in Lagos State until Lagos State Government and other relevant Stakeholders address these critical challenges.

It is sad and disheartening to note here that we had made several appeals and reports to Lagos State Government and the Presidential Task Force for the decongestion of Apapa on these challenges but all to no avail.

We cannot afford to fold our arms while our members are being consistently and continually extorted, intimidated, harassed and victimized by different groups and segments in Lagos, hence we highlight to the general public the following three major challenges Petroleum Tanker Drivers are facing in Lagos State

(1). Extortion of money from Petroleum Tanker Drivers by various security agents: It is really disturbing and as well inexplicable that security agents who are expected to ensure free-flow of traffic and protection of road users now use their uniforms and arms to intimidate, harass and extort money from Petroleum Tanker Drivers. This reprehensible conduct is taking serious tolls on the psychological, emotional and financial state of Petroleum Tanker Drivers and their capacity to effectively and efficiently deliver services to the nation.

This menace must stop and the leadership of these security operatives in Lagos State must go all out to call their men to order with immediate effect. Everyone of them should be contented with their salaries and allowances rather than turning hapless Petroleum Tanker Drivers to money making machine.

(2). Menace of Containerized Trucks at Apapa, Kirikiri and Beach Land axis of Lagos State and collusion of government officials hindering Petroleum Tankers from loading activities at depots and tank farms:

Persistent traffic gridlock and indiscriminate parking of containerized trucks on major Lagos roads and bridges leading to Apapa port, Kirikiri, Beach Land, Satellite Town, Ijegun, are another major setbacks bedeviling the smooth running of the operations of Petroleum Tanker Drivers in Lagos State.

As at today, MRS depot has been held captive for more than 3 months from discharging products to Petroleum Tanker Drivers despite heavy availability of Petroleum products stockpiled in their tank farm facilities.

For safety reasons, Petroleum Tanker Drivers cannot continue to struggle with these containerized trucks in these corridors considering the inflammable nature of the products our members carry and we cannot afford to undermine safety standards, procedures and protocols in the course of our services.

This is a situation that appears to have defied solution, considering government’s non intervention, lack of sensitivity over the years and collusion by those called upon by the Presidency to proffer solutions to the problem.

From Oshodi/Apapa Expressway, Ojuelegba Bridge, Iponri, Constain roads, the situation is the same.

Ikorodu road through Funsho Williams Avenue (formerly Western Avenue) to Ijora inward Apapa and Oshodi-Apapa Expressway through Mile 2 to Berger Yard inward Tincan Island, have been overwhelmed with indiscriminate parking of these articulated vehicles, aggravating the gridlock faced by Petroleum Tanker Drivers that ply the roads daily to lift products.

For several months now, the Mile 2-Apapa Expressway (formerly Malu Road, now Mobil Road) have been witnessing a terrible traffic gridlock leaving Petroleum Tanker Drivers stranded and helpless.

(3). Harrassment and extortion by Area Boys and Area god-fathers:

It’s really worrisome that Lagos State which is known to be a mega city and centre of excellence has now become a safe haven for area boys and area god-fathers who now see Petroleum Tanker Drivers as soft targets, extorting money from them everyday, assaulting them and vandalising their trucks in some instances, especially when some of the Tanker Drivers show restraints in paying them illegal fees and levies.

Petroleum Tanker Drivers now battle with both Area Boys and Area God-fathers amidst deplorable state of the roads in Lagos State, and this is really causing PTD lots of havoc on a daily basis, a distance of just about 10 kilometres for example, now takes seven to eight hours of manoeuvres and meandering by petrol tankers, many of which break down in the process, upturning their contents, killing PTD members and endangering the lives of several other Nigerians who traverse the roads. Without sounding immodest, further delay in their repairs portends greater danger to the citizenry.

Tanker Drivers whose activities cut across Oguntedo, old Ojo road, Ijegun-Egba, Abule Ado and its environs in Satellite town, Oriade Local government Area, and Apapa corridor of Lagos state have continued to work in fears, following incessant attacks by members of various notorious groups who have developed penchant for extorting money forcefully from Tanker Drivers. They are known for operating unchallenged and freely around Apapa, Kirikiri, Mile 2, Maza-Maza and Abule-Ado, near Trade Fair flank etc.

Consequently, as a socially responsible organization, we have made wide consultations with various leadership organs of our Union and with other key stakeholders in the oil and gas industry and therefore resolved to embark on an indefinite strike beginning from 12 am, Monday, August 10, 2020 if there are no decisive and convincing actions from Lagos State Government to address these concerns and challenges.

Our solidarity remains constant for for the Union makes us strong.

Signed:

Comrade (Prince) Williams Eniredonana Akporeha,
NUPENG National President,

Comrade Olawale Afolabi,
NUPENG General Secretary.

Labour Movement Regains Strength As ULC, NLC Resolve Rift, Merge

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC) have settled their lingering crisis that split the labour movement in the country.

The President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, disclosed this at a joint meeting of the two labour unions in Abuja on Thursday, July 16, 2020.

The briefing was attended by the President of the ULC, Comrade Joe Ajaero, NUPENG National President, Comrade (Prince) Williams Eniredonana  Akporeha and other executive members of the union.

Comrade Ajaero was subsequently announced as the new Deputy President of the NLC at the high profile meeting.

It would be recalled that Ajaero-led faction of NLC announced the birth of the ULC, with over 25 affiliates including some aggrieved affiliates of Trade Union Congress (TUC), on December 18, 2016.

NUPENG Simultaneously Pickets Variant Energy Services In Lagos & Port Harcourt Offices Over Anti Labour Practices

Members of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) today, Thursday July 9, 2020 simultaneously staged two separate peaceful protests at the Victoria Island, Lagos and Trans Amadi Layout, Port Harcourt offices of Variant Energy Services, over what it described as anti labour practices by the company.

The picketing began very early in the morning with the affected workers holding placards with various inscriptions and chanting solidarity songs to drive home their legitimate demands from their recalcitrant employer.

Some of the inscriptions on the placards read:

‘’Enough is enough over master–slave dialectic’’, ’’ Workers are not slaves’’, ’’Pay us our terminal benefits’’, ’’Pay us our money’’, “there shall be no peace for debtors’’.

Further inscriptions on the placards are “We say no to Variant Energy anti Labour posturing”,  “Variant Energy thief!!!”, “Operation pay us our money on course”, “EFCC do your job on Valiant Energy!”, “Variant Energy  must be punished for violating labour/employment guidelines”, “injury to one is injury to all, Variant Energy must repent in the interest of industrial peace”, “NUPENG can no longer be hoodwinked” etc.

Reacting to the protest in Lagos Comrade Tayo Aboyeji, Chairman of NUPENG Lagos Zone, said the Union is a law abiding one but its patience and understanding have been taken for granted by Variant Energy Services as well as their collaborators. He stressed that the action of the management of the company is somewhat provocative and an affront to the global best practices, decency and integrity in the oil and gas industry.

Comrade Aboyeji strongly condemned the unlawful termination of the employment of NUPENG members on the 28th of October, 2019 in very dubious manner and in violation of provisions of the extant labour law and failure of the management of Valiant Energy Services to pay the terminal benefits of the affected workers.

The well organized trade unionists in their large numbers defiled early morning downpour all wearing face masks and carefully observing social distancing protocols and guidelines maintained that they can no longer tolerate the flippant attitude of the management of the company and their principal company, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited.

Similarly, the Admin Head of the Port Harcourt Zonal office of NUPENG, Comrade Chinda Ejims on his part decried the flagrant refusal of the management to honour the path of peaceful negotiation and also frowned at the use of COVID-19 pandemic and slide in the global crude oil prices as part of the excuses to inhumanly and retrogressively rationalize anti labour practices at the expense of the already impoverished and depressed workers.

He noted that indecent work conditions, nonpayment of severance package for workers whose jobs had been terminated laden with flagrant and unprocedural behaviour would be justifiably resisted at all cost.

Address To The Press By NUPENG President Comrade Williams Akporeha, July 2, 2020

ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF NUPENG, COMRADE (PRINCE) WILLIAMS AKPOREHA AT THE END OF THE VIRTUAL NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (NEC)

MEETING OF THE UNION ON JULY 2ND, 2020

Gentlemen of the Press,

I am very delighted to welcome you all to the National Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) to share with us some of the outcomes and resolutions taken at the end of the Virtual National Executive Council meeting of our great Union today.

I wish to use this medium to commend the media for the wonderful work the media has been rendering to humanity even in this period of Covid-19 pandemic, through education and information to the public.

We are all aware that Covid-19 pandemic has profoundly altered every aspects of humanity. New Socio- economic realities have been foisted on the world and everyone has been forced into accepting the new world order.

There is also no denying the fact that Covid-19 pandemic has taken massive toils on all working people all over the world. Many have lost their lives, some infected and many others lost their sources of income and livelihood.

COMMENDATIONS

Gentlemen of the Press, on behalf of the leadership of our great Union, we want to specially call out for appreciation and commendations, all our indomitable and irrepressible members who in the face of all the risks and challenges of the period, have been out there day and night working hard to keep the economy of our great country running and productive.

These are highly productive and patriotic Nigerians in crude oil and natural gas prospecting, drilling, refining and distribution including but not limited to the Petroleum Tanker Drivers, Petrol Stations Workers, Depot Workers, Independent/ Major Marketers Workers etc.

We salute your courage, commitment and selfless service to the nation. You have kept our nation moving and the wheels of the machines in our factories running. Through your gallant efforts the economy of our great nation refuses to go under. The good Lord will reward you in multiple folds.

The Union is aware that some of them in the course of carrying out these onerous tasks have been infected and murdered by Security Agents during this period. We commiserate with the families of those who lost their beloved ones and empathize with those affected and infected by the pandemic. We assure all of you of our continuing prayers and support to you and your families.

Let me also on behalf of the leadership appreciate some of our employers who have been consistently showing empathy and support to their workers during this trying period.

We are aware and recognize the fact that businesses have also suffered so many setbacks during this period and every employer that still respects and guarantees worker’s rights and benefits deserves our appreciation and commendations.

Prominent amongst these companies who have shown remarkable empathy and support to Workers at this auspicious times include Indorama Eleme Petrochemical Plc in Port-Harcourt, Chevron Nigeria Limited and to a great extent, Total E&P and Total Nigeria, we hope that other international oil companies (IOC’s) like Exxon Mobil, Shell Petroleum Development Company and indigenous Companies/ Contractors would emulate the aforementioned companies by protecting jobs, rights and benefits of their workforce including contract workers and service providers.

The leadership of our great Union also commends the Honourable Minister of Labour, and Employment, (Senator) Dr. Chris Ngige, and Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva for their commitment and untiring efforts in saving jobs and making quick interventions on all matters of unfair labour practices by some IOC’s and ingenious Companies/Contractors during this period of Covid-19 pandemic.

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS ISSUES

The wake of the Covid-19 outbreak brought about several issues of work closures, redundancies and unfair labour practices by some employers in the oil and gas industry.

Unfortunately, some employers in the industry have been exploiting the situation of Covid-19 to embark on unbridled declarations of redundancies without any form of empathy or consideration for the productive efforts of these workers before Covid-19.

As usual, our Union responded appropriately to these issues concerning the massive wave of loss of employment in the Nigeria oil and gas industry by taking them before various institutions and agencies of the Federal Government. These issues are not limited only to redundancies being declared but coupled as well with that other sharp practices being perpetrated by some companies in the industry to exploit and impoverish Nigerian workers in the midst of the current Covid-19 pandemic.

  1. The first of such unscrupulous indigenous employer our Union is calling out is MR. ADLOR .A. UWAMU the owner of Valiant Energy Services West Africa and Vicadis Enterprises Nigeria Limited, Labour Contractor to Borr Drilling Nigeria Limited for running away with workers terminal entitlements. Workers in this matter, who are our members, had their employment unlawfully terminated on the 28th of October, 2019 in very dubious and wicked manners while the employer absconded with their last month salary and final entitlements in violation of provisions of the extant labour law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

These workers worked on the Rig of Borr Drilling Nigeria Limited for TOTAL E&P and Shell Petroleum Development Company during this period.

  1. ADOLOR .A. UWAMU’s stock in trade is setting up of multiple companies with wicked intentions to dupe his employees at the end of every contract, gain undue advantage in securing contracts and avoid statutory obligations to all levels of government in the country.

Our findings reveal, that Mr. Adolor further set up the following five companies, all with same management and housed in same official address at 43 Power Line Road, Kajola Magboro, Ogun State. These companies are:

1       Ilantrisant Limited

2       Caplina Limited

3       Ilandudno Limited

4       Pastunwali Limited

5       Mantrax Limited

Since we reported this matter to Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, MR. ADOLOR .A. UWAMU has been avoiding all invitations and calls from the Ministry and other Government Agencies thereby frustrating every effort to make him account for his misdeeds. It should be noted here, that he may be hiding away from government institutions; he cannot hide from the Union and in few days, we shall commence some actions against him across the Country.

The action of management to say the least is very provocative and an affront to global best practices, decency and integrity in the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry. MR. ADOLOR .A. UWAMU and his various companies are bad examples of Nigerian businessmen and must be held accountable.

We shall use all the powers at our disposal to get justice for our members.

  1. Mobil Producing Unlimited – As you may be aware, Exxon Mobil has no single permanent Nigerian in its employment from the middle level to lower level cadre. The company does not deem it fit and proper for Nigerian Polytechnic and vocational schools graduates to be employed and has further directed its Contractors to terminate 257 of Contract workers in its operations while the Management keeps using the excuse of the lockdown not to engage with the Union. Those affected by the action even include elected Union executives.
  2. XEPAMEADOW – The issues of refusal to negotiate Collective Bargaining Agreement with the workers and recognizing workers rights in the workplace have been lingering for the past 10 years with the Contractor colluding with Chevron Nigeria Limited to deny the workers these rights even after the Federal Ministry of Labour had ruled and advised on the matter appropriately.
  3. ARCO vs General Electric vs FIRS – The continuing refusal of General Electric to refund back to ARCO the sum total of the over deducted withholding tax running into millions of Naira and Dollars deducted from ARCO account and remitted to FIRS is a matter of serious concern to the rank and file members of our Union and its attendance effect on the ARCO workers who are our members.

The terminal entitlements of our members have suffered unnecessary delays over the sudden emergence of new condition for the refund.

We demand very strongly that General Electric should without further delay find ways and means to pay back this money. The patience of our members has been overstretched on this matter. The leadership of both NUPENG and PENGASSAN have resolved to take some decisive actions on this matter very soon if the refund is not made.

We therefore call on the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment and the Nigeria Local Contents Monitoring and Development Board to use their good offices to passionately consider the plight of the poor workers that have toiled for several years for this money at the center of the matter and to rescue a genuine Nigerian employer from the antics of General Electric.

F        IPPIS ISSUE AND DELAYED SALARIES

The leadership of NUPENG and PENGASSAN are seriously concerned over the ways and manners Oil and Gas workers are being treated on the issue of IPPIS and the unwholesome suspension of payment of salaries and allowances of our members in those institutions that are affected. It is unfair and inhuman to owe workers salary for upward of three months in this hard period of Covid-19. We urgently call on the Federal Ministry of Petroleum to wade into this matter before it degenerates further than this.

G        FEDERAL STIMULUS FUND FOR PETROLEUM HAULAGE SECTOR

We wish to urgently draw the attention of the Federal Government to the harrowing experiences of the Owners of Petroleum Trucks in the Country. As you all know the only means of moving petroleum products across the country is by roads using the trucks. We can confidently tell you that this means of distribution is presently endangered and require urgent Federal Government stimulus intervention fund to prevent it from total collapse. A stitch in time saves nine as the saying goes.

DEPLORABLE STATE OF OUR ROADS

We are shocked at the lackadaisical attitude of States and Federal Governments to the issues of addressing the degenerating state of Nigeria roads before the coming of the current raining season despite all our warnings for them to make necessary construction, repairs and maintenance of all our roads, which are now in parlous state and becoming practically impassable.

Most of the nation’s highways are becoming death traps for our members, most especially the highways in the Calabar-Itu-Uyo, Port-harcourt – Aba, Mokwa-Jebba – Kaduna, Port-Harcourt – Owerri, Warri-Benin-Auchi-Okene-Lokoja stretch of the country.

EXTORTION BY SECURITY AGENTS

The issues of bad roads is further compounded by the various security agencies who now set up multiple check points on these deplorable roads to further exploit and extort money from motorists. Petroleum Tanker Drivers are the worst hit by the exploitative tendencies of these unscrupulous security agencies.

The brazen extortion of our members, especially during this Covid-19 pandemic was really disconcerting and unfortunate. As a Union, we cannot continue to fold our hands and watch our members, who toil day and night, in the rain, cold and sunshine to make our economy grow to keep suffering like this.

In the light of the above, we are giving the Federal Government a two-week ultimatum to

  • Commence total rehabilitation of these roads to save lives and properties as we can no longer tolerate the current situation of things.
  • Immediately address the issue of multiple road blocks and extortions from all its security agents mainly, the Army, Police, Civil Defense Corps, if not addressed, we may be forced to embark on a serious industrial action to drive home our case. Enough is enough of these molestation, harassment, exploitation and extortion by these uniformed men. From Monday 6th July all our Tanker Drivers are to commence putting green leaves in front of their trucks and from Monday 13th July we shall commence two (2) hours morning prayers at every loading location and stop over spots for Petroleum Tanker Drivers.

INSECURITY IN THE LAND

The Union is again very worried about rampant cases of banditry, kidnapping, killings of innocent Nigerians especially in the northern parts of the country.

We are also perturbed about the spate of attacks by unknown herdsmen on farmers in the Southern part of the Country. It is so sad to see gory stories of deaths, kidnapping, robbery, rape and destruction on our daily media headlines.

We call on the Federal Government to restructure the security architecture to make it more proactive in tackling these security issues that are gradually becoming endemic.

We cannot afford to allow evil men take over the land and subject our people to gruesome deaths and perpetual fear.

Be that as it may, I want to sincerely thank you all for your attention and God bless.

Stay safe to stay alive!!!

NUPENG 2020 MAY DAY MESSAGE

PRESS STATEMENT:

The National Leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), heartily felicitates and salutes the Nigerian working class people, most especially, those in the Oil and Gas industry on this auspicious occasion of 2020 May Day, a day specifically set aside to celebrate and commemorate workers’ economic significance and social worth to humanity.

Sadly and unfortunately, 2020 May Day came with unprecedented issues and challenges arising from the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic. The unfortunate situation has regrettably deprived working class people the usual unique atmosphere and opportunity to engage in the traditional parades, speech-making, rallies, merriments, funfair and other activities that are associated with this special moment on yearly basis.

Notwithstanding, NUPENG is using this opportunity to commend and appreciate all frontline working people who are on daily basis being exposed to risks of infections and deaths due to complications of Covid 19 as humanity engages the unseen enemy in the strange global war.

We salute the indomitable and patriotic fighting spirit of Oil and Gas workers, medical workers, law enforcement agents, market men/women, farmers, journalists, Drivers and other essential services workers for their invaluable services to the nation.

We pray that God will continue to protect and strengthen them in this struggle, as they discharge their very humane, legitimate and selfless essential services to humanity.

It is very imperative for us to use this opportunity to implore the Federal Government and other levels of governments to deepen the spread and expand the quantity of the palliative measures/ materials being put in place to cushion the impacts and effects of the pandemic and its associated lockdown on economic activities and earning powers of individuals and corporate entities.

Most importantly among the indigents and most vulnerable segments of the society so as to ease their pains, discomfort and hardship, so that there could be relative respite and peace in the society.

The Union also empathizes with various employers of labour across board, particularly in the Oil and Gas industry and expresses willingness to cooperate and work together with them in this turbulent journey for the survival of humanity and the challenges of revamping our workplaces.

We shall be together when the sun rises once again and our machines in various factories roar back to life.

It is very important to note here, that, we received with deep sense of relief and hope, the report of the offer of the Department of Petroleum Resources to support the operations of Oil and Gas Companies during the perilous period so as to avoid stoppage of operations and unnecessary loss of jobs by workers.

On this promising note, we strongly implore Oil and Gas Companies not to exploit the current disturbing situation to declare unnecessary redundancies or inflict precarious and unfair labor practices on the workers that are already emotionally and psychologically traumatized.

The fear of how the workers are going to fare against the unknown enemy and the current economic hardships are already creating social upheavals to such an extent that any further loss of jobs in our industry would achieve nothing but complications and aggravation of an already bad situation.

This is the time we should all come together to develop ways and means to save human race from the pandemic rather than being preoccupied with issues of pecuniary gains.

We earnestly demand for mutual sacrifices and cooperation so that we can collectively defeat Covid 19 and the associated hunger in the land for a better tomorrow.

On this note, we enjoin all Nigerian workers to remain steadfast, disciplined, patriotic and patiently observe the rules of social distancing, washing of hands with soap and water, maintain good personal and respiratory hygiene and avoid non essential movements etc, even after the mandatory lockdown is relaxed or finally over.

Finally, the leadership of the NUPENG further enjoins all our members to persevere and exercise extreme restraints at all times, as tough times don’t last but tough people do. Let us remain united and avoid divisive tendencies, because our unity is our strength.

Our Solidarity must remain constant for the Union makes us strong.

Happy May Day to Nigeria Oil and Gas workers and the entire working class people all over the world.

Signed:

COMRADE (PRINCE) WILLIAMS AKPOREHA,
NUPENG NATIONAL PRESIDENT,

COMRADE AFOLABI OLAWALE, GENERAL SECRETARY OF NUPENG.

Happy Birthday To A Seasoned & Irrepressible Administrator, Comrade Afolabi Olawale, NUPENG General Secretary

By Emmanuel Ajibulu

Today, April 26, 2020 is unique in the community of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) as the General Secretary, Comrade Afolabi Olawale marks his birthday. It is simply appropriate to
join his family, friends, protégés and well-wishers in thanking God for his exemplary life which is full of achievements, success and glory.

His vision over the years has always been to bring about developmental change to the Union, and to the lives of members and staff through reaching out to different demographics in strategic and timely interventions. Thankfully since inception he has developed innovative methods and modern solutions in tackling contemporary issues for the greater good of the Union with amazing results.

He undertakes his work most profoundly in the role of providing empowerment programs to young and old members and staff by helping them develop their career and skills through various life changing training, workshops, education, counselling and mentoring. Through mission and dedication, he continues to bring purpose, discipline and opportunities to numerous segments of the Union both administratively and operationally.

Like diamonds, your worth is inestimable. You have tremendously and phenomenally impacted many lives. Your commitment to making a positive difference is unequaled. Your resilience, boldness, competence, foresight and forthrightness are deeply commended and worthy of emulation. Congratulations to a worthy pace setter. You are welcome to your year of uncommon testimony. Happy birthday to you sir.

NUPENG Condemns Killing of Petrol Station Worker in Abia State

PRESS STATEMENT:

The National Leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) strongly condemns the killing of one of our members, Comrade Chibuisi Chikezie Okameme, aged 26, a petrol station worker in Abia State who was killed by a mobile Policeman whilst discharging his legitimate duties as Petrol station worker and in the frontline of the struggle against the COVID 19 pandemic on Sunday, 5th April 2020.

The Union uses this platform to call on Police authority to immediately activate full investigation into this gruesome killing which took place at No 29/30, Greenmac Energy Limited in new Umuahia road, Aba, so that justice can be accordingly served.

This investigation must be properly carried out and other appropriate steps taken to serve as deterrent to other trigger happy officers and guide them to know that minimum force is expected from them at a time like this among civilian and unarmed population.

We are however seriously disturbed by the unfortunate silence of Abia State government over the gruesome murder of a worker in the frontline of this struggle and urgently call on the Federal government to step into this matter before it degenerate further. Our Union takes lives of our members very serious and precious and we shall do all we can to get justice.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Ene Okon is enjoined by the Union to do the needful in no time so that the battered image of the Police in this instance can be redeemed.

NUPENG also uses this medium to appeal to our members in Abia State and across the country who are on the frontline during this national emergency not to be discouraged by this heartrending incident which occurred on Sunday along popular New Umuahia road in Obingwa Local Government Area.

The Union commiserates with the family members of the deceased and the management and staff of Greenmac Energy Limited, we pray that God will grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable, painful and untimely death of Chibuisi.

Our solidarity remains constant for the Union makes us strong

Signed:

National President of NUPENG,
Comrade (Prince) Williams Eniredonana Akporeha,

General Secretary of NUPENG,
Comrade Afolabi Olawale.

COVID-19 Lockdown: NNPC Commends Tanker Drivers for Hitch-free Distribution of Products

Press Release:

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has commended Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) for their sacrifice ferrying petroleum products across the nook and cranny of the Country, a release by the corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, has said.

The release stated that the tanker drivers’ selfless service during the lockdown had ensured smooth distribution of petroleum products during the restriction period.

It quoted the Managing Director of the NNPC Retail Ltd., Sir Billy Okoye, as saying that NNPC Retail Ltd’s filling stations, numbering more than 600 across the country, are to remain operational throughout the period of the lockdown to meet the energy needs of Nigerians.

Sir Okoye disclosed that all NNPC Retail outlets are wet with sufficient petroleum products, ready to serve the public.

He explained that the company’s retail outlets are stocked with sufficient petroleum products, with PPMC depots holding its products in various states of the federation., adding that NNPC Retail Ltd’s products are daily being trucked to stations strategically located across Nigeria, urging consumers not to engage in panic buying.

“Our major responsibility is to ensure that there is fuel supply in our stations. We have enough products at all our storage tanks and at our depots; we also have a large quantity of products in transit to our stations. Nigerians don’t need to panic” Sir. Okoye reassured.

The NNPC Retail Ltd’s helmsman, on behalf of NNPC Management, thanked the various state governors for allowing petroleum tankers to crisscross their states despite the movement restriction order and commended the security agencies, Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and all other service providers in the Downstream value chain for their support.

He commended Nigerians for their understanding during this period, assuring that the NNPC Retail stations would remain open to avoid any shock in the supply and distribution of petroleum products across the Country.

He thanked the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, for the strategic leadership he has provided during this challenging times, adding that stakeholders in the Downstream Sector are ready to collaborate to ensure Nigeria is wet with petroleum products at all times.

Dr. Kennie Obateru
Group General Manager
Group Public Affairs Division
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation
NNPC Towers, Abuja.
3rd April, 2020.

Covid-19: NUPENG Leadership On Monitoring Tour To Ensure Members Compliance To Safety & Protective Protocols

The National Leadership of NUPENG led by the National President, Comrade (Prince) Williams Akporeha and the General Secretary, Comrade Afolabi Olawale on a monitoring Tour of Fuel Stations and Depot formations to ensure the full compliance of members to the use of hand sanitizers and social distancing in the discharge of their duties as essential services workers.