UFOMBA UZUEGBU, Asst News Editor
Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), has cited Federal Government’s alleged failure to comply with the recent resolution by the Senate that the sale of the refinery should be put on hold, as the reason for its opposition to the refinery’s acquisition by Oando Plc.
Towards this end, the union has, therefore, asked the Federal Government to choose between withdrawing its decision on the sale of Port Harcourt Refining and Petrochemical Company to Oando Plc or risk a shut-down of the oil sector.
NUPENG president, Dr. Igwe Achese, who handed down the warning on behalf of the union in a statement in Lagos, noted that the agreement the Federal Government and Oando entered into cannot be acceptable as it was done without the involvement of stakeholders.
He lamented that the host community, workers, local government and state government, among others were excluded in the agreement.
Achese said: “We have continued to wonder why the sale of public assets likes the Port Harcourt refinery is being done in secret, in the way and manner they are doing it. Knowing that there are stakeholders in this sector, and these stakeholders are also taxpayers, you don’t just take any decision at will.
“Among all these stakeholders are the workers, who are the operators of these assets. You are mortgaging their future. Indeed, we are increasingly beginning to see that some of the policies and the way the policies are being thrown at us look like we are in an autocratic system of government, where the norms and principles of democracy do not matter.”
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