NUPENG Hosts Editors To Dinner, Unveils Union’s 40th Anniversary Mascot

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The National leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has formally unveiled its 40th anniversary mascot at a diner and media chat held at Sheraton hotel in Lagos on Saturday October 13, 2018. The colourful ceremony had in attendance editors of print, broadcast, online magazines as well as senior labour and energy correspondents.
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According to the chief host, the President of the Union, Comrade Williams Akporeha,” The unveiling of NUPENG’s anniversary mascot is the start of what officially becomes the symbol of Union’s landmark 40th anniversary of vibrant unionism, values highlighting distinctive character with long history of bold and indelible achievements in the interest of our members in the Nigeria’s oil and gas industry and Nigeria at large. We are also delighted to inform you about our anniversary theme which we tagged, Nigeria Oil and Gas Workers: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, with the slogan, NUPENG at 40, still waxing strong.”  Comrade Akporeha said.
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The anniversary mascot was clothed with a star-like garment reflecting the Union’s colour (blue/white) with different icons, one of which was the Union’s traditional logo, oil rig, tank farm, petroleum tanker, and a filling station. These significant icons are clear description of some of the sectors where the Union usually draws its membership from.
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The anniversary mascot has also been designed in form of stickers, car air fresheners and will accordingly appear on the Union’s branded face-caps, wrist bands, and other promotional items during the anniversary season. It will also be mounted at the Union’s National secretariats, zonal secretariats, liaison offices, etc.
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Impressively, the beautifully designed mascot creatively captured the essence of the remarkable historic moment of the Union, and the unveiling ceremony was done by the national president of the Union, Comrade Williams Akporeha alongside his team of national executives, led by the Union’s General Secretary Comrade Adamu Song, followed by the Deputy General Secretary in charge of operations, Comrade Afolabi Adewale.Others were Comrade Alex Agwanwor (National Treasurer), Comrade Monday Osunde (National Trustee), Comrade Rotimi Benjamin (Vice President Lagos), Comrade Otite Onohwohwo (PAGS Admin), Comrade Anthony Chukwu (PAGS Finance/Account), Comrade Adamson Momoh (PAGS Research P/A), Comrade Tayo Aboyeji (Chairman Lagos Zone) and other secretariat staff.

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The Deputy General Secretary of the Union, Comrade Olawale Afolabi however took time to narrate the journey of the Union in the last 4 decades through a projected powerpoint presentation which captured the mission, objective, scope, membership, past Presidents and General Secretaries of the Union etc. Before this presentation was made, the audience enjoyed a short documentary about the Union and this was projected intermittently on the big screen to their delight.

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The public ceremony was a kick off to numerous activities that are specifically organized to commemorate the Union’s anniversary. According to the leadership of the Union, December 5th and 6th are the days set aside for the full-swing ceremonies of the anniversary which will hold in Abuja, precisely at the International Conference Centre.
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Some of the activities slated for the anniversary are, colourful exhibition of oil gas products, tools and equipment, cultural competitions, talk shows which will involve the Union’s veterans (past presidents and secretaries) and other high profile personalities in the society etc.

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In addition, campaign messages will also be populated on the Union’s various social media platforms and on the Union’s official website, albeit, the traditional media will also not be left out for dissemination of similar information within this period.

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Besides, awards and recognition will also go to some hard working and illustrious members of staff and those who have served meritoriously for a reasonable number of years; this will also be extended to individuals, corporate organizations, and other key social partners who have contributed immensely to the overall growth and development of the country’s oil and gas industry and ultimately those that have engendered peaceful and harmonious industrial relations. NUPENG has also deemed it necessary to offer same gesture to the President of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari who would be deservedly honoured with a prestigious award of ”GCOGN” Grand Comrade of Oil and Gas Workers’ Union of Nigeria.

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NUPENG over the past four decades has commendably saddled itself with the task of organizing and unionizing oil and gas workers, negotiating better working conditions and benefits for workers through purpose driven collective bargaining agreement, assisting in resolving disputes between its members and their employers, resolving disputes among its members, promoting and encouraging international fraternal relations with bodies having the interest of petroleum and natural gas workers at heart, organizing education and training programmes for members among others laudable functions and responsibilities.

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