National Union of Petroleum and Gas Workers, NUPENG, has condemned in strong terms the continued practice of casualisation and contract staffing in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry and vowed to end the menace.
National President of NUPENG, Comrade (Dr) Igwe Achese made the position known Wednesday in a welcome address he presented at the 2015 National Education Seminar held in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
Describing the practice as ugly and inhuman and one now endemic in the oil industry, Dr Achese noted that those categories of workers are subjected to slavery and explorative labour by their hirers.
He accused multinational oil firms of perpetrating the illegal stressing that the management of the firms deliberately and consistently embarked upon outsourcing of the VSO called non core business to labour contractors despite opposition by the union.
The NUPENG boss further hinted that the union has witnessed massive divestment by oil majors as they are selling off their onshore oil fields and relocating to countries like Angola, Uganda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan etc.
He added that retrenchment of members of NUPENG and redundancies have become the order of the day alleging that the oil majors have deliberately embarked on a scheme to phase out Nigerian workers in the oil and gas industry.
On the state of the nation’s refineries, the national president advocated the building of more refineries in Nigeria to save the huge foreign exchange spent on massive importation of petroleum products.
According to him, “Government should build more refineries which will create auxiliary industries and massive job opportunities for Nigerians.”
He urged investors who have long been granted licences to emulate Alh. Aliko Dangote to build refineries stressing that the assurance of the present Federal Government that the existing refineries will not be sold is a welcome development.
He also expressed concern over the dwindling oil revenue which he said has dropped by 50 percent and urged FG and states to look inwards by diversifying the economy.

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