Oil Workers Shut Down NNPC Operations Over Unbundling

nnpcOil workers have shut down the operations of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) nationwide until further notice following the unbundling of the corporation.

This decision was reached at a meeting of the Group Executive Councils of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), which held on on Tuesday, March 8.

After “extensively discussing the pronouncement”, they “observed that the GMD/HMSP totally disregarded due process and failed to engage stakeholders.

“Hence, from midnight today (Tuesday, March 8), all NNPC locations will be shut down completely until further notice. Further directives will be communicated accordingly”.

Speaking in a telephone interview with Channels Television, President of NUPENG, Mr Igwe Achese, said the unbundling process was not transparent.

The Federal Government had approved the creation of seven operational units in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu said that five of the seven operational units would be strictly business-driven in line with global best practices.

The new units include those for Upstream, Downstream, Gas and Power, Refineries, Ventures, Corporate Planning and Services, and Finance and Accounts.

He said each of the units would be headed by Chief Executive Officers; namely Bello Rabiu for Upstream; Henry Ikem-Onih for Downstream; Anibor Kragha (Refineries); Saudu Mohammed (Gas and Power), while Babatunde Adeniran takes charge of Ventures.

House Moves To Prevent Unbundling Of NNPC Without Legislative Approval

2016 budget-HouseThe House of Representatives has mandated a joint committee of the House to prevent the Minister of State for Petroleum from usurping the powers of the legislature by attempting to unbundle the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) without legislative approval.

The motion, sponsored by Rep. Agom Jarigbe, advised President Muhammadu Buhari to send an executive bill to the National Assembly if he intends to unbundle the NNPC or carry out any fundamental reforms in the oil and gas sector.

The House also condemned the declaration by the minister describing it as the executive legislation.

Earlier, oil workers shut down the operations of the NNPC nationwide until further notice following the unbundling of the corporation.

This decision was reached at a meeting of the Group Executive Councils of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), which held on on Tuesday, March 8.

After “extensively discussing the pronouncement”, they “observed that the GMD/HMSP totally disregarded due process and failed to engage stakeholders.

“Hence, from midnight today (Tuesday, March 8), all NNPC locations will be shut down completely until further notice. Further directives will be communicated accordingly”.

Speaking in a telephone interview with Channels Television, President of NUPENG, Mr Igwe Achese, said the unbundling process was not transparent.

Oil Workers Shut Down Kaduna Refinery

Refinery-KadunaOil workers have shut down the Kaduna refinery over the unbundling of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Our correspondent in Kaduna State said the workers have locked up the refinery gate, preventing management staff and others from entering into the refinery.

The oil workers want government to reverse the decision.

The Group Executive Councils of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), had in a meeting on Tuesday directed its members to truncate NNPC operations nationwide .

After “extensively discussing the pronouncement”, they “observed that the GMD/HMSP totally disregarded due process and failed to engage stakeholders.

“Hence, from midnight today (Tuesday, March 8), all NNPC locations will be shut down completely until further notice. Further directives will be communicated accordingly”, a statement jointly signed by the Unions said.

NNPC Workers Storm Abuja, Protest Sale Of Refineries

Workers of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have protested the plan by the Nigerian government to sell the nation’s oil refineries in Kaduna, Warri and Port Harcourt to private investors in the first quarter of 2014.

The protest was held under the umbrella of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria [PENGASSAN].

The workers, who came out in their numbers at the headquarters of the corporation in Abuja, said that the planned sale of the refineries is a wrong move by the Federal Government.

The Group Chairman of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers [NUPENG], Richard Otovwievwiere, said that the workers were opposed to the sale of the refineries as it would impact negatively on the nation’s economy.

He said that the union members have not been treated well by the government, accusing the government of trying to take their wealth.