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NUPENG decries lingering fuel crisis, kicks against subsidy removal

president of PENGASSAN, Francis Johnson

president of PENGASSAN, Francis Johnson

• Oil workers to resist anti-labour provisions in new PIB
NIGERIA Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has reaffirmed its aversion to oil subsidy removal, insisting that such a move can only be carried out when government has fully effected the complete turn around maintenance of four refineries to enable them produce optimally.

While vowing that the union would resist anti-people policies from the Federal Government, President of NUPENG, Igwe Achese, said, the refineries when put in use would cushion the hardship subsidy removal would have on the people.

In a related development, oil workers have alleged that the revised Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) due for presentation to the National Assembly contains anti-labour provisions.

President of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) Francis Johnson, who stated this yesterday at the union’s 4th triennial delegates’ conference, explained that oil workers will resist any provision that promotes job losses.

In a 10-point communique issued at the end of the National Executive Council (NEC), meeting held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NUPENG attributed the cause of the perennial fuel scarcity to the manner the Federal Government managed the subsidy, stressing that the union was watching how the policies were implemented.

He said: “The union condemned in its entirety the perennial and persistent fuel scarcity in the country and the hardship imposed on the masses, especially at this festive period.

In the circumstance, the NEC in session calls on the Federal Government and NNPC to flood the market with petroleum products to arrest the current prevalent fuel scarcity in the country.
“The current way and manner the subsidy issue is being managed is responsible for the fuel scarcity experienced across the country”, he added.

The union also reiterated its earlier position on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB),warning that it would strongly resist any attempt by the government to pass a PIB that would not absolutely check corruption, address lack of accountability, transparency and good governance.

PENGASAN said a memo detailing grievances of workers in the oil and gas sector would soon be forwarded to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, noting that the proposed PIB as it is in the draft copy is anti-labour and against harmonious industrial relations.

“We welcome the plan to unbundle the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC) NPC as proposed in the PIB which will be represented to the National Assembly in the first quarter of 2016. PENGASSAN has always been in support of the unbundling of the NNPC to bring about greater effectiveness and efficiency into the system but with a caveat that this unbundling should not pose a threat to the job security of our members.” he stated.

Johnson also explained that debates on fuel subsidy would die a natural death if stakeholders in the industry come together to find common ground on resolving the problems bedevilled the refineries.

He insisted that local refining of petroleum products and sustained functional refineries holds a strategic path to domestic refining capacity.

His words: “We seriously empathise with Nigerians and we use this medium to call on all stakeholders to find a forum where we can all meet and look at the best ways to resolve these issues. PENGASSAN believes that it would be in the best interest for stakeholders to meet and fashion out a direction than allowing the crisis of fuel scarcity to persist in the sector.



6 Comments
  • honesty NO1

    The fraudulent oil subsidy must go ! ! ! Oil is almost $35 a barrel . This scam only benefits the CABALS. The withdrawal of the subsidy will cost a temporary pain. Nigerians will eventually be relieved when water finally finds its own level.

  • vic

    MATTERS OF THE MOMENT: 16/12/2015

    PENGASSAN PRESIDENT IS SPEAKING AGAINST SUBSIDY REMOVAL BECAUSE HE MUST BE THE PRIME BENEFICIARY OF THE SUBSIDY REMOVAL. HE MUST BE A PART OF THE SUBSIDY CABAL.

    THE CRUDE OIL NOW SELLS AT SUCH A LOW PRICE ( $35 AS AGAINST $100) THAT THE QUESTION OF SUBSIDY IS NO LONGER RELEVANT.

    SUBSIDY MUST BE REMOVED HENCEFORTH. IT IS ABSURD AND RATHER SELF- SERVING TO SUGGEST THAT REMOVAL OF SUBSIDY IS “ANTI-PEOPLE” AT THIS POINT IN TIME.

  • emmanuel kalu

    if this useless union fights against subsidy remove, the people should fight against this union. subsidy is pure madness, waste of money and filled with massive fraud. This is massive fraud against the people of Nigeria. when was the last time anybody paid 87 naira for fuel, yet we are paying subsidy. The refineries can’t be repaired, or at least not with government fund. The only solution for those refineries is for it to be publicly owned, so that investor can invest in them and turn them around. I support the government move to increase the official price of fuel to 97. That is even still too low, it needs to be 100 so that all subsidy would be completely and totally removed. Then we need to deregulate the market immediately.

  • Okafoakpu Cyril

    Is it possible that PENGASSAN is oblivious of the fact that Nigerians have never benefited from the so called subsidy but rather the rich oil importer’s luxurious life style that are being subsidized.Is it possible that these idiots in the oil industry are tools used by oil marketers to sustain this rip off of the masses.God save poor Nigerians.

  • Clement Soempit

    PENGASAN AND NUPENG MUST BE PRIME BENEFICIARIES OF FUEL SUBSIDY. I THINK NIGERIANS ARE WISE NOW AND SHOULD NOT BE USED TO ENRICH FRAUDULENT FEW AND SHOULD SO RESIST WITH ALL MEANS.

  • Izonebi

    It is hightime that these saboteurs are called to order. Their concerns are clearly not altruistic, they know that the refineries are obsolete and the TAM is just a means to line the pockets of their interests.

    We the citizens are tired, if the hike in fuel price to N97 (we are already buying above that) and the subsequent subsidy removal will end this madness we are all for it. N1 Trillion is enough to revamp a lot of critical sectors, healthcare, education, agriculture and power need massive capital inflow which has been spent on subsidies.

    The hypocrisy and delusional state of these unions is really annoying. You want government to provide infrastructure, end fuel scarcity but you do not want the obvious solution. This is madness.

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