NUPENG urges focus on workers’ safety, others

NUPENG's General Secretary, Comrade Elijah Okougbo, Comrade Achese Igwe, President and Comrade Tokunbo Korodo, Chairman, Western Zone of NUPENG, at a recent briefing in Lagos.

NUPENG’s General Secretary, Comrade Elijah Okougbo, Comrade Achese Igwe, President and Comrade Tokunbo Korodo, Chairman, Western Zone of NUPENG, at a recent briefing in Lagos.

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The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), has urged government to focus more on workers’ safety in its quest to improve domestic productivity.

The union recently berate the kidnapping of 14 oil workers returning from Egbema-Ohaji field to Port Harcourt, Rivers State by yet to be identified kidnappers.

In view of the spate of kidnapping in the country, NUPENG President, Igwe Achese, said government need to take the issue of workers safety more serious than the way it being handle has the recent kidnapping of such numbers of workers will further scare foreign investors that would want to bring in the needed foreign capital and expertise to expand on projects in the oil and gas sector.

He said its rude shock at the act of 14 Oil workers of Nestoil to be taken away by unknown gunmen. Ee hereby want to call on the security agencies to spread their dragnet to rescue them unhurt.

He urged that the government to make provision for more than enough security agents’ in order to rescue of the workers and to protect their lives without hurting anyone.
‘’We are therefore worried about the attack which has made Oil Workers an endangered species. It calls on the Federal Government to quickly ensure that Oil Workers returning from fields are giving adequate security”.

It wants the security agencies to intensify efforts to comb the creeks and make sure the kidnapped Oil Workers are brought back alive to rejoin their families with no ransome paid and the culprits punished” he said.Achese advises those involved in these dastardly acts to retrace their steps and find something meaningful to do.

He enjoins the Federal Government to tackle the economic downturn with vigour so that the current level of unemployment will be drastically reduced.The Union reiterates that the Federal Government owes it a duty to the citizenry to make things work, reflate the economy, repair dilapidated infrastructure and assist small scale business enterprises to thrive in order to get our restive youths engaged.

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