In a bit to address the high rate of redundancy in the oil sector and unemployment in Nigeria, the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has rejected the federal government’s plan to set up of modular refineries in the Niger Delta region.
NUPENG, therefore, urges the Federal Government to fix the Oil industries as a panacea for redundancy and unemployment in the nation.
This decision was part of the communique issued at the end of the union national executive council meeting held in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital weekend.
Comrade Igwe Achese, the NUPENG national president, explained that setting up of modular refinery will not address the problem of the region but opined that the illegal refiners should be approached to review their method of refining the oil and put more technology towards improving and legalizing their mode of operation.
The union frowned at the increased rate of casualisation of oil worker and called on the National Assembly and other relevant authorities to intervene into the matter to rescue Nigerian workers from the hands of their employers which according to him is a restriction of right of workers.
While commending federal government on the maintenance work in Warri and Kaduna refineries, NUPENG reiterated its resolve to resist any attempt by the federal government to privatise the country’s refineries which it believed will negatively affect workers if the proposed privatisation of the national assets is achieved even as it condemned the massive importation of petroleum products.
On the issue of rehabilitation of federal roads across the country the NUPENG NEC called on Federal Government to as a matter of urgency advise all budgetary allocation on the rehabilitation of federal roads, putting into consideration that some of the federal roads have suffered setbacks as a result of government’s unwillingness to fix the bad roads.
Comrade Igwe further lamented the low power supply in the country calling on the government to develop a sustainable framework to improve power supply in the country which in return will boosts and improve the small scare and medium enterprise across the country.
While giving pass mark on the whistle blowing policies of the federal government, the NUPENG President called on President Mohammadu Buhari to overhaul the anti-corruption mechanism and beam the searchlight more on the political class in the country.
The NUPENG boss also reiterated the commitment and the resolution of the union on their support for true federalism and restructuring of Nigeria, adding that it was the only way to address the high rate of unemployment in the country.
The NEC further passed a vote of confidence on the comrade Igwe Aches leadership of NUPENG having examined the progress made by the union under his watch in the period under review.