Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has told President Muhammadu Buhari, that the Union is no longer at ease with the country’s continued dependence on imported refined products, begging the president to do everything within his power to put an end to it.
This came as the Union equally informed the president that only a total overhauling and amendment of Nigeria Contents Monitoring and Development Board, NCMDB, Act will make it achieve the aim and purposes of the act.
The union also decried unabated pipeline vandalism, crude and products theft among others, pleading with the president to ensure the full completion of the much-anticipated reforms and passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB.
Speaking during a courtesy visit by the National Executive Council, NEC, members of NUPENG to President Buhari at the state house, President of the Union, Prince Williams Akporeha, among others, informed the president some of the challenges in the sector, saying “the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry has for several years now in dire need of comprehensive reforms to engender transparency, accountability and appreciable returns on investment, unfortunately, the much-anticipated reforms from the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, have been hanging in the air due to one controversy or the other.
It is therefore our hope and expectation that your midas hands will reach this seemingly intractable matter and resolve it for the good of our industry and the nation in general. “In same vein, the continuing dependence on importation of Petroleum Products for consumption in this country is really a matter of serious concerns to us. We are deeply worried and bothered that as a country and one of the largest producers of crude Oil and Gas, we are dependent on other nations to refine our petroleum products. Without any doubt, every patriotic citizen of this country should be worried.
Our refineries for several part of this year have not been working, leaving our members redundant, coupled with capital flight occasioned by the importation. We are exporting jobs to countries that are refining these products for us. We earnestly urge your Excellency to rescue these refineries and make them work again.
“The ways and manner the provisions of Local Contents Monitoring and Development Act, is being executed in the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry vis a vis the increasing wave of indecent and precarious employment in the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry can best be described as a disappointment and inadvertently contributing to making young Nigerian graduates desperate and frustrated to the extent of embarking on suicidal migration to Europe and America.