NUPENG Will Resist Sale Of NNPC, Fuel Price Hike – Achese
The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has vowed to resist any attempt by Federal Government to sell or scrap the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC. This is coming amid media reports about the scrapping of NNPC.
The National President of NUPENG, Comrade Igwe Achese made this statement on Sunday after the memorial thanksgiving service of his late mother, Mrs. TamunoIbuomi Levi Bereiweriso, at St. James Anglican Church, Ogoloma, Okrika, Rivers state.
He told reporters after the event that the speculation has gone on for too long.
“I have heard the news of plots to scrap the NNPC. It’s a speculation that has been on for sometime. But, for us as a union, we are definitely going to resist it. The NNPC is not going to be scrapped.
No To Fuel Price Increase
Similarly, Achese said the Union will adopt all necessary steps to ensure that there was no increase in fuel price during and after the yuletide.
The NUPENG boss said the timing for such increase was wrong in view of the current recession being experienced in the country. However, he stated that he was unaware of any plot by the NNPC to increase fuel price.
He further acknowledged that none of the promised palliatives made by the Federal Government during the last fuel increase in May has been fulfilled.
“They said they needed money for Turn Around Maintenance (TAM). They said they want to repair the refineries. But, as we speak, the refineries in the country are not working.”
“It’s sad! I am a member of the palliative committee and till date, nothing has happened. So, my answer to any increase is no. We won’t allow that to happen.”
Condemns Members Sack
Achese further condemned the sack of workers in the oil and gas industry. He asserted that government should do more in regulating the activities of multinational oil companies laying off workers.
“We feel that the Federal Government should regulate the multinational companies like Shell. We feel the sack should stop. The government should put in place measures to create stability.”
Meanwhile, the NUPENG leader has also condemned the factionalisation of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC at a time when Nigerians need a united labour union.
“Today, Nigerians are suffering. One would ask: what is the task of the NLC? The factionalisation of the NLC is not a good thing.”