30 October 2018, Sweetcrude, Lagos — The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Monday, said it would work closely with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to ensure hitch-free products distributed across the country throughout the end of year festive period.
According to a statement by the NNPC in Abuja, National President of NUPENG, Prince Williams Akporeha, gave this assurance when he led the National Central Working Committee (CWC) on a courtesy visit to the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mr. Maikanti Baru.
Akporeha noted that NUPENG did not see any reason to call its members out on any industrial action capable of disrupting the distribution of petroleum products between now and the end of the year, adding that even if any dispute arose, the union was confident that with the labour-friendly disposition of Baru, such would be resolved without any disruption of fuel distribution process.
He said, “We have the opportunity of working with a very wonderful man who is the GMD of NNPC, a man who loves NUPENG and who also loves Nigeria. The way he has handled the industry since he came on board as GMD is unprecedented.
“We have a GMD who does not see his responsibility ending at the NNPC but intervenes when we have issues with the International Oil Companies (IOCs) and other companies in the oil sector. So, he is somebody we are willing to work closely with to maintain the industrial harmony we are enjoying today.”
Akporeha stated that with the kind of relationship the union had with the Baru, he and his colleagues assured Nigerians that there is not going to be any reason for them to stall operations or go on any action, saying the union has the confidence of the GMD.
He revealed that Baru was receptive to the industry unions’ matters, adding that with such kind of relationship, there is no reason for the union to embark on an industrial action that could disrupt products distribution across the country.
He also commended the NNPC’s giant stride in revamping products pipelines and strategic depots across the country which he said had reduced products theft and revived business activities across the country.
In his response, Baru, who inaugurated the newly elected NUPENG NNPC Group executive officers, charged the labour leaders to sustain the industrial harmony currently being enjoyed in the industry by resorting to dialogue instead of threats and confrontation.
He assured the CWC members of maximum support towards re-engineering the union and helping the new union leaders to deliver on their campaign promises.
In his remarks, the new NNPC Group Chairman of NUPENG, Comrade David Idache, pledged loyalty to the NNPC management, assuring that his executive would always collaborate towards achieving the corporation’s strategic objectives.
Other members of the new Group executive members inaugurated include Comrade Sulaiman Jibrin, Vice Chairman; Comrade Udoh Michael, Secretary; Comrade Ibe Uche, Treasurer; Comrade Alordiah Ovie, PRO/Welfare Officer; and Comrade Jefferson Ohio, Assistant Secretary.