NUPENG issues 7-day strike notice as fuel scarcity looms

Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, yesterday, issued a seven-day strike notice to the Federal Government to compel Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, to honour the agreement it reached with the union on June 20, failing which members would down tools and begin an indefinite strike.

In a statement signed by the President and General Secretary of NUPENG, Prince Williams Akporeha and Afolabi Olawale, the union said:

“NUPENG, with deep frustration and worries, would like to alert the general public and all relevant authorities of the blatant violation of agreement reached between Chevron Nigeria Limited Company and unions in the industry.

“It is public knowledge that unions in the oil and gas industry had a protracted negotiation with Chevron Nigeria Limited over 70 per cent labour manpower reduction which it (Chevron) claimed was required in view of reduction in their operations in the oil and gas Industry.

“After up to one year negotiation, brokered by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC; National Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS, and Ministry of Labour, it was agreed that considering the intervention of all the institutions mentioned above and the various justifications made, only 30 per centof the Labour Manpower Contract Workers will be relieved.

‘’Of the 1,856 contract workers in the company, NUPENG has 1,120; PENGASSAN, 213; and non-unionised, 523. It was agreed that the 30% reduction shall be spread in equal percentage among the three groups.

“It was also agreed that union executives (NUPENG and PENGASSAN) will not be affected by the reduction, that Chevron Nigeria Limited will not in any guise change the Labour manpower to service contracts.

‘’It was also agreed that anyone that voluntarily offers to go will be counted as part of the agreed 30%.

Unfortunately, immediately after the agreement was reached, Chevron started executing the exercise in blatant violation of the agreed terms, ostensibly to either put NUPENG in bad light as troublesome or for extinction because only NUPENG members have been exited from work, leaving behind the Non- Unionised workers and PENGASSAN members.

‘’It is further embarrassing to see that NUPENG executives are also part of those already locked out. From our record, over 500 of NUPENG members are being sacked. We further learned that the intention of Chevron is to change the contract to short term service contract and we see this as unfair and a breach of agreement reached with us in bad faith.

“All NUPENG executives should be called back to work, the percentage of reduction agreed should be spread to the three groups as agreed to avoid creating the impression that NUPENG was the target of the exercise.”

‘’The good disposition of the new leadership of NUPENG should not be taken for granted. Chevron should not be allowed to use this exercise to change the Labour Manpower contract to service contract in a disguised manner.

“Consequent on the above demands and having been pushed to the wall, NUPENG, hereby, puts all our members on red alert should Chevron Nigeria Limited and its contractors fail to honour or comply with our demands within the next seven days, we would also not hesitate to take all necessary legal options available to us, including industrial actions, to press home our legitimate demands.”

Women protest against oil firm in Okpe

Sapele Okpe Community women and Sapele Okpe Community Land Trust Association, Delta State women, have grounded activities at Forte Oil Nigeria Limited, Sapele branch over what they called “non- payment of entitlements owed the community’s Land Trust Association.”

The women leader, Mrs. Comfort Ayomanor said:

“Series of letters had been written to the company without response, which goes to show the kind of management the company has.

“Since Forte Oil acquired the former African Petroleum, AP, they have refused to communicate or meet with their host community, which is not helping matters at all.

“We want to let the whole world know how the company has been treating us hence this protest.

“Our recent letters dated April 21, 2018, and May 15, 2019, to the company were not equally replied. That is why we had decided to shut down their activities, to press home our demand through peaceful protest.”

Branch Manager of the Sapele branch, Mr Boyode Haruna, responded on behalf of the company, saying he has already contacted the head office in Lagos.

While appealing for calm, he added that plans had been made to respond to the protesters’ demands soon.

Why NNPC fail to pay $1.8bn OML renewal fee

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has said it will not pay the 60% ($1.8bn) for lease renewal fees.

Reason behind the decision was because the corporation was representing the Federal Government in the venture.

The NNPC said this when responding to the alleged underpayment of lease renewal fees on the Oil Mining Leases 67, 68, and 70 by ExxonMobil.

NNPC spokesperson, Ndu Ughamadu, in a statement quoted the corporation’s Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari.

Special Presidential Investigative Panel for the Recovery of Public Property, SPIPRPP, had reportedly summoned Kyari over alleged $1.8bn owed the Federal Government by Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited.

“Ordinarily, the NNPC would have contributed the balance of 60 per cent of the amount which literally meant government paying money to itself. There was no need for that,” Kyari told his guests.

Chevron, partners pump N2.7billion in health sector

Chevron Company, Star Deepwater Petroleum Limited and it’s partners has contributed over N2.7billion to the country’s health infrastructure.

Amongst the partners are Agbami field, including Famfa Oil Limited, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Equinor and Petroleo Brasileiro Nigeria Ltd.

Chevron Nig. Ltd. Medical Director, Dr. Paul Areyenka said at a conference in Abuja that the fund was provided to acquire equipment that would help the nation fight Tuberculosis.

He stated that the fund will be shared to equipped 28 clinics across the country to strengthen the health systems.

“Through the construction and equipping of 28 Chest Clinics across the country, we have contributed to strengthening health systems and supporting the treatment and care of tuberculosis patients in Nigeria.

“The chest clinics were built in close collaboration with the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (NTLCP) of the Ministry of Health, in existing government hospitals and handed over to the States in which they are located for management,” Areyenka said.

The MD added that the facilities were fully-equipped with standard X-Ray machines, male and female wards, treatment rooms, laboratories, and Gene Xpert Machines.

Areyenka disclosed for over 50 years, Chevron and partners have been supporting Government in strengthening health systems targeting the triad of HIV, Malaria, and Tuberculosis.

Between 2015 – 2017, over 48,000 presumptive tuberculosis cases have been registered in these facilities, with over 11,000 cases detected.

“The chest clinics have contributed to about 3% of the national presumptive TB cases registered and three percent to the National aggregate of TB cases, while the awareness campaigns have reached over 100,000 community folks and tested over 8000 presumptive cases with about 2000 cases detected,” he said.