The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has asked employers in both the private and public sector to immediately implement the new minimum wage.
President of the union, Comrade Williams Akporeha, also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to end Nigeria’s continued dependence on imported petroleum products.
The call was in a communique issued at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Sunday in Lagos.
“We implore all employers of labour, public and private, to ensure immediate implementation.
“We offer our hands of fellowship to all workers who might need support in the unforeseen situation of any employer, including state government that attempts to cut corners in the implementation of the new minimum wage.”
The oil worker urged the state government to adhere to the approved N30, 000 wages for workers because all states can conveniently implement.
“We know as a matter of fact that there is no state in Nigeria that does not have the capacity to conveniently implement this modest benchmark for workers in their respective state.
“It is therefore imperative for the government to focus on how to deepen good governance and restrain from physical wastages.”
NUPENG also restated its position that the union will not encourage any negative policy that will be detrimental to the oil and gas industry, including the review of petrol subsidy.
They asked the Federal Government to provide import substitution measures in the oil and gas sector.
“We affirm once again that we will resist any policy that will impact negatively in the oil and gas industry, the Nigerian public and the nation in general.
“The NEC-In-Session also uses the opportunity to request for the revitalisation of our refineries to ensure that local supply of petroleum products goes unhindered.”