NUPENG, PENGASSAN Divided Over Planned strike

NUPENGThere appears to be a division between unions representing oil workers in Nigeria.

This comes ahead of a planned strike to protest the alleged unfair treatment of oil workers.

The South West Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Mr Tokunbo Korodo said a meeting with representatives of the Federal Government, which was scheduled to take place on Thursday has been shifted till July 11.

He noted that NUPENG remains open to the option of dialogue to ensure Nigerians are not made to suffer unnecessarily.

However, the National Public Relations Officer, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), Mr Emmanuel Ojugbana, confirmed to Channels Television that all is now set for the planned strike.

He added that the gradual method of shutting down activities and operations in the oil and gas sector is being adopted by its members.

He also said the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) and the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF) will also be affected during the strike.

Auditor General Reports Financial Irregularities In MDAs

Auditor-GeneralThe Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation has presented a report to the National Assembly detailing what it called ‘massive fraud and financial irregularities in the NNPC and government agencies’.

The Auditor-General of the Federation, Samuel Ukara, made the presentation while meeting with the clerk of the National Assembly and reporters on Monday in the Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The report detailed how payments amounting to 73 billion Naira was made from special funds to various government agencies.

One of such was the sum of 36.4 billion Naira meant for construction of dams, which was released to the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014, instead of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.

The report further disclosed that personal advances were granted to 112 staff from recurrent vote and 50 members of staff from general service vote totaling 1.1 billion Naira from July to December 2014.

In addition, 9.5 billion Naira worth of payments were made by the management of the National Assembly without raising payment vouchers, which is a violation of financial regulation.

Other agencies allegedly caught in the web of fraud by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Federation were the Police Service Commission, foreign mission, Nigeria Port Authority (NPA), Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF), Nigerian Prison Service‎ and Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).