Wednesday, 20 November 2013

NUPENG To FG: Don’t Sell Refineries


The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Wednesday advised the Federal Government against the planned sale of the nation’s refineries.

The Lagos Zonal Chairman of NUPENG, Mr Tokunbo Korodo gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

“The government should not sell the refineries, rather they should bring in those who first built the refineries for repairs and returned them to their original status,” he said.

He said that government should always ensure that the turnaround maintenance of the refineries was done by those with the technical knowhow.

He urged the government to open-up the market and allow private sector participation, adding that the country would then target the exportation of petroleum products.

Korodo advised the National Assembly to enact laws that would be favourable to the Nigerian workers.

He said that most Labour Laws were not in tandem with the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

“Government should listen to the cries of Nigerians, they are not comfortable with the ways the labour laws are be implemented.

“The National Assembly should be more pro-active in their responsibilities and rise up to the occasion if truly they are representative of the people.

“The people are crying, especially the workforce, we need their intervention from the inhuman treatment and anti-labour practices in the workplace,’’ he said.

The NUPENG chairman urged workers to always strive to make the difference in wealth creation wherever they found themselves.


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