End Nigeria’s dependence on imported petroleum products - NUPENG urges Buhari

End Nigeria’s dependence on imported petroleum products - NUPENG urges Buhari

- NUPENG has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to work towards ending Nigeria’s continued dependence on imported petroleum products

- The union said it was “shameful and unacceptable” for Nigeria to keep depending on imported petroleum products to run its economy

- NUPENG stressed the need for the revival of the country’s existing refineries in Warri, Kaduna and Port Harcourt by the federal government

- The union also described as sad and disheartening, the flagrant violation of the rights of contract workers in Shell Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged by the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) to work towards ending “Nigeria’s continued dependence on imported petroleum products,” in his second term.

The union made the call in a communiqué issued by its president, Williams Akporeha, at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Sunday, April 28 in Lagos, The Guardian reports.

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Legit.ng gathers that NUPENG said it was “shameful and unacceptable” for Nigeria to keep depending on imported petroleum products to run its economy, despite being a leading producer and exporter of crude oil in the global community.

The union said it would support the government in ensuring that instead of exporting crude and importing finished products, Africa’s biggest economy was able to refine locally.

It said: “NEC-in-session is pleading with President Buhari to use the strength of his second-term in office to end Nigeria’s reliance on imported petroleum products.

“This is important, so as to meet local consumption. As a union, we will give the president all necessary supports required from us to end the dependence on imported products for local consumption.”

NUPENG also encouraged state governments from the oil rich Niger-Delta region to invest in building oil refineries to cater for domestic, commercial and industrial use by the citizenry.

It stressed the need for the revival of the country’s existing refineries in Warri, Kaduna and Port Harcourt by the federal government; also urging the government to impress it upon investors granted oil refining licenses to build the refineries.

NUPENG asserted that investors will not see the need to start building the refineries, until they are sanctioned.

It cited Shell Nigeria and its contractors as places where Nigerian contract workers are being denied their rights; condemning what it referred to as “gross violation of workers’ rights by International Oil Companies (IOCs).”

It said: “It is sad and disheartening to state the flagrant violation of the rights of contract workers in Shell Nigeria.

“Shell contractors have brazenly refused to implement an agreement they willingly entered into with the workers since November 2018.”

NUPENG said Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) could not claim to be ignorant of the inhuman conditions its Nigerian workers are being subjected to.

As a result of all these, the union said it had resolved to “take up the fight and is putting the public on notice.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that workers in the oil and gas sector advised President Muhammadu Buhari to shun any counsel that would destabilise or cause chaos in the economy.

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) gave the advice in a statement in Lagos.

The statement was signed by Okugbawa Lumumba, PENGASSAN general secretary and Afolabi Olawale, NUPENG’s general secretary.

The managing director, International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde had on April 12, called on the federal government to remove fuel subsidy because of low revenue mobilisation that existed in terms of tax to Gross Domestic Product.

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