NUPENG cautions govt against unbundling NNPC
The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has expressed its disappointment and displeasure over reported plans by the federal government to unbundle the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) “without following due process”.
According to the union, the reported plan is an “attempt to provoke the Oil and Gas workers and cause industrial unrest in the country”.
In a statement, NUPENG said the proposed restructuring in the Oil and Gas industry, especially the NNPC to achieve optimal performance cannot produced the desired result without due consultations with the unions and stakeholders in the sector.
The Union in the statement issued by Acting General Secretary, Joseph Ogbebor, condemned the alleged “unilateral action of the Minister of State, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu”, adding that the decision “is not in consonance with the laws establishing the NNPC”.
NUPENG stressed that the unbundling and rebranding of NNPC as announced by the Minister of State is another public policy change, which is not consistent with the Act, and Laws establishing NNPC and that Oil and Gas workers in the country will resist it.
The Union explained that the legality, appropriateness and timelessness of this whole exercise is condemnable, noting that “it will not tolerate a situation whereby the planned unbundled companies will now hide under the cover to start disengaging its workers”.
The Union states that job creation and job security has been the change mantra of the current administration.
The Union reiterates that the “move is to kill the NNPC by all means but that they should know that the Corporation is a creation of law and that it will take the repealing of the original Act to effect the changes that they are planning to do”.
The Union warned that it will not fold its hands and watch NNPC being fragmented into pieces with no clear objectives on how the present manpower will be managed, and to make NNPC perform better as an Oil and Gas company.
NUPENG frowned at a situation whereby the new companies will have 30 Managing Directors “which will tend to be too wieldy and unmanageable”.
NUPENG states that it will not condone a situation like the unbundling of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) into fragmented companies which led to “serious job losses that the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) is still battling with till today”.
According to the union, to forestall a major industrial crisis in the Oil and Gas industry, “the Federal government should desist from going ahead with this policy change in NNPC to avoid the wrath of the workers in the sector”.
The union advised the President, Minister of Petroleum to call all critical stakeholders, National Assembly, Stakeholder Unions, NUPENG and PENGASSAN, industry players to carry out a surgical operation in NNPC.
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