NUPENG 2020 CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR MESSAGE
The National Leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), uses this auspicious 2020 yuletide season to profoundly rejoice with the Oil and Gas workers, managements, Oil and Gas Stakeholders and all Nigerians, especially our Christian brothers and sisters.
On this special 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, the Union thankfully began the construction of an historic new National Secretariat ''NUPENG Towers'' despite the challenges posed by the deadly pandemic, Coronavirus which torn the social fabric, causing massive unemployment and even hunger, exacerbating inequalities, raising havoc and threatening institutions of good governance, causing destruction in the livelihoods of people among other heart breaking challenges.
Similarly, the Union also implemented new strain of policy direction and discipline among our members in both formal and informal sectors, set new agenda and targets and equally took many radical and tough decisions in the overall interest of our hardworking members and to date these very well thought out decisons have been yielding many positive and desirable results.
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.
The Union also expresses 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 and feats this year despite the scary challenges occasioned by Covid-19.
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 2021 as we strive to consolidate on the gains of 2020 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 industry sector, such that Nigeria at large could be better for it in the years ahead.
NUPENG sincerely wishes you all merry Christmas and New Year celebrations even as we urge everyone to adhere strictly to the Covid-19 protocols and preventive measures and as well do everything in moderation.
Our solidarity remains constant for the Union makes us strong.
Comrade (Prince) Williams Akporeha,
National President of NUPENG,
Comrade Olawale Afolabi
By Emmanuel Ajibulu
As part of efforts to deepen harmonious industrial relations in Nigeria and to encourage more investors into driving Africa industrialization agenda, stakeholders of IndustriAll Global Union, Nigeria Council on Monday November 30, 2020 paid a courtesy visit to Dangote refinery and petrolchemical limited in Lekki, Lagos.
The high powered delegation to the downstream facility was led by Comrade Issa Aremu [MNI] Vice President, IndustriALL Global Union (Africa) and the Vice President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and President of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Comrade (Prince) Williams Akporeha.
Other representatives of the Nigerian affiliates of IndustriALL Global Union present on Monday were Comrade Babatunde Goke Olatunji who doubles as Chairperson IndustriALL Nigeria Council and President of National Union of Chemical Footwear Rubber Leather And Non-Metallic Products Employees (NUCFRLANMPE), Comrade, Comrade (Engineer) Martin I. Uzoegwu President of National Union of Electricity Employees of Nigeria (NUEE), National Secretary of NUCFLAMMPE, Comrade J.O Dada.
Also among the delegation were President of Steel and Engineering Workers Union of Nigeria (SEWUN) Comrade Adesanya Emmanuel Abiodun, PENGASSAN Deputy General Secretary (Industrial Relations) Comrade Ngozi Okagbue, Comrade Mbang Ntukubes, Nigeria Council Secretary, IndustriAll Global Union/Field Secretary, NUEE and Comrade Emmanuel Ajibulu, NUPENG Senior Organizing Secretary, (Media/Publicity).
They were warmly received by the company’s Group General Manager, Corporate & Govt. Affairs, Mr Yinka Akande and Mr. S. N Eachampati, Head of Construction. After some constructive engagement with the visitors the duo later assigned some site expatriates with the delegation to take them on a facility tour of the refinery which took them almost two hours.
According to the company’s officials the Dangote refinery is a 650,000 barrels per day (bpd) integrated refinery and petrochemical project which is near completion in the Lekki Free Zone and is expected to be the Africa’s biggest oil refinery and the world’s biggest single-train facility, upon completion in 2021.
They added that the company which is eight times the size of the entire Victoria Island, (Lagos) is developing the project with an estimated investment of $12bn and the refinery will process a variety of light and medium grades of crude to produce Euro-V quality clean fuels including gasoline and diesel as well as jet fuel and polypropylene. The integrated refinery and petrochemical project is expected to generate 9,500 direct and 25,000 indirect jobs.
They further informed the delegation that the refinery has reached over 80 per cent completion, adding that engineering and construction were 100 per cent over while procurement was 98 per cent ready.
They noted also that all the assembling would be completed by the middle of next year. Then the commissioning process may take three to four months with start of products coming into the market afterwards.
Comrade Isa Aremu, whilst introducing the members of the delegation to the company representatives, Yinka Akande and S.N Eachampati, said Industrial global Union primary goal is to build trade union power and to defend workers’ rights through organizing, bargaining and campaigning with the commitment to working together to secure decent and sustainable employment for the workers
The labour chieftain also said November 20th is the day set aside by UNIDO to raise awareness about industrialization in Africa and in 2020 Industriall made it a week event and also used the unique opportunity to engage Dangote Group who is believed to be the pride of Africa who also symbolizes investment patriotism.
He urged the company to see Labour as partners in progress while also encouraging them to engender freedom of association and that the Labour will do everything possible to support the progress and success of the project.
Comrade Aremu also stressed that it is really great to see the project going on at a time when Nigeria signed the Africa Continental Trade Agreement which is going to serve as a catalyst to drive industrialization and export within and beyond the African space.
President of NUPENG, Comrade Williams Akporeha whose Union is seen as a critical stakeholder in the downstream sector of the Petroleum industry on his part extolled the virtues of the President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote and used the occasion to say he is a prouder Nigerian having seen the massive projects being embarked upon by the company aimed at boosting employment and also with the strength to revitalize the oil and gas sector in terms of capacity building and output maximization.
He added that the company should have it behind their back that they have a Labour movement that is ready to collaborate with them to achieve greater and fruitful results in the industry. He also used the opportunity to pray for Dangote Group for success in the larger interest of Nigeria and Africa by extension.
In Pictures: Condolence visit by NUPENG Leadership to the former General Secretary of NUPENG, Comrade Frank Ovie Kokori at his country home in Ovu, Delta State over the demise of his beloved wife, Madam Esther Kokori. Friday, November 20, 2020.
By Emmanuel Ajibulu
Family, friends and well-wishers came together on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 to relate their experiences with the late founding President of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Comrade John Enas Dubre, during a service of songs held at his residence in Surulere, Lagos.
The well attended ceremony was conducted by Reverend Father Victor Okhiria and his team from St Anthony Catholic Church Gbaja, Surulere, a church late Comrade Dubre was known to be a key and respected congregant.
Among the sympathizers who honoured the late Union leader were National President of NUPENG, Comrade [Prince] Williams Akporeha and Comrade Olawale Afolabi, the General Secretary of NUPENG, also Comrade Alex Agwanwor (Treasurer) and Comrade Monday Osunde (Trustee).
In solidarity with NUPENG in the griefing moment, the President of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria
(PENGASSAN), Comrade Festus Osifo also registered his presence.
Others on the role call were Deputy General Secretaries of NUPENG in charge of Finance and Account and Admin, Comrade Anthony Chukwu and Comrade Chris Akpede, Comrade Adamson Momoh (PAGS Research/Public Affairs), exco members of Lagos Zonal Council of NUPENG led by the Chairman and the Vice, Comrade Tayo Aboyeji, and Comrade Oluwasegun Ekun as well ss NUPENG Secretariat staff.
Also at the event were some notable veterans of the Union like the former Presidents, Comrade Brisbe Awe, Comrade Igwe Achese and a former General Secretary, Comrade Joseph Iranola Akinlaja, they all made physical appearance at the wake-keep ceremony and as well commiserated with the family of the departed.
The event however gave opportunity to others who couldn't make it to the venue especially those in diaspora to join through zoom, a web-based video conferencing tool.
The National leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) is deeply pleased and elated to lend its voice in reigniting consciousness in the minds of all stakeholders towards a purposeful development as the continent commemorates the 2020 edition of the Africa Industrialization Day, which is being observed on November 20 of every calendar year.
As a trade Union body and also a socially responsible organisation, we found it appropriate and worthwhile to encourage Africa to leverage its abundant human and natural resources with creativity and innovation to fast-track industrialization, economic development and regional integration with cooperation as well as sincerity of purpose to engender faster collective growth and prosperity.
Undoubtedly, industrialization is a primary driver of economic growth and job creation, and will be pivotal in efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Africa Union’s Agenda 2063, therefore all hands must be on deck to make these laudable visions fruitful, achievable and enduring.
Consequently, African leaders, policy makers, captains of industries, employers of labour and the citizenry must work in synergy and continue to highlight the links between industrial development and Africa’s moves towards establishing a Continental Free Trade Area; these are mutually supportive endeavours that shouldn't be trivialized.
More pointedly, there is need for strategic investments in cross-border infrastructure so as to consciously advance both trade and industrial capacity, promoting green technologies and low-carbon solutions, all of these will help to create compelling opportunities for increased commerce and industrialization alike.
Similarly, small and medium enterprises, which already contribute 80 per cent of the continent’s Gross Domestic Product and support 90 per cent of all jobs, will remain key actors. Governments, business and civil society will need to forge partnerships to spur innovation and create incentives to power sustainable growth.
It will also be critical to unleash the capacities of Africa’s young people and to strengthen African institutions. Both the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063 must recognize and embrace these imperatives.
On Africa Industrialization Day 2020, NUPENG once again urges all critical players to foster strong commitment towards supporting Africa’s industrialization, the implementation of a continental free trade agreement, and the building of inclusive, resilient, peaceful and prosperous societies for all. May God bless and prosper Africa.
Our solidarity remains constant for the Union makes us strong.
COMRADE WILLIAMS ENIREDONANA AKPOREHA,
NUPENG National President,
COMRADE AFOLABI OLAWALE,
By Emmanuel Ajibulu
Precious Akporeha, son of the National President of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers [NUPENG], Comrade Williams Akporeha, married his heartthrob, Mokunfayo, on Saturday, November 14,2020.
People from all walks of life gathered at 10 Degrees Event Centre in Oregun, Lagos, venue of the reception ceremony,
The love birds had earlier on Saturday tied the nuptial knot at The Redeemed Evangelical Mission in Gbagada where spiritual blessings were served to make the marriage fruitful and prosperous.
On hand to witness the high profile banquet and gathering were diplomats, technocrats, businessmen, captains of industry, stalwarts of NUPENG and PENGASSAN and other key stakeholders in the downstream and upstream sectors of the Nigeria oil and gas industry. They all trooped out in enthusiasm in their hundreds to felicitate with celebrants.
The dignitaries at the occasion included NNPC Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Reps. Rt. Hon. Peter Akpatason, representative of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, National President and the Deputy President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba and Comrade Joe Ajaero; President of PENGASSAN, Comrade Festus Osifo as well as the General Secretary of NUPENG, Comrade Olawale Afolabi.
Also in attendance were National Chairman of Petroleum Tanker Drivers Branch of NUPENG and his Deputy, Comrade [Otunba] Salimon Akanni Oladiti [JP], Comrade Lucky Osasua; NNPC Group Executive Council (GEC) Chairman, Comrade David Idache, the two Deputy Presidents of NUPENG, Comrade Solomon Kilanko, and Comrade Harry Bassey; Chairman Lagos Zonal Council of NUPENG, Comrade Tayo Aboyeji, Chairmen of other Zones of NUPENG.
Deputy General Secretaries of NUPENG in charge of Admin and Finance, Comrade Akpede Christopher, Comrade Anthony Chuckwu; NUPENG National Treasurer and Trustee, Comrade Alex Agwanwor, Comrade Monday Osunde, PAGS in charge of Research and Public Affairs, Comrade Adamson Momoh, Chairman and Deputy Chairman of Lagos Zonal Council of PTD, Comrade Olabisi Akinlolu [JP] and Comrade [Alhaji] Gbolahan Adigun, to mention a few.
The leadership of NUPENG viewed gory images of Tuesday night (20/10/2020) shootings of peaceful #endsars protesters at Lekki toll gate with sadness, heavy hearts and deep concerns.
Without any iota of doubt, the unfortunate incident fell short of any acceptable minimum global and civilized standards of managing peaceful Protest in any democratic system.
Our hearts bleed for our youths who lost their lives or got injured in that senseless action of the armed security agents of government.
Our deepest thoughts and prayers are equally extended to their families as well.
We ask our members nationwide to stay calm and safe at their various workplaces and be on alert as the leadership reviews the situation.
Our Solidarity remains constant for the Union makes us strong.
Comrade (Prince) Williams Akporeha
National President of NUPENG,
Comrade Afolabi Olawale