Friday, 13 January 2017

Workers praise NNPC over welfare

Oil workers have described the administration and programmes of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Group Managing Director (GMD), Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru, as workers-friendly.

The workers under the Group Executive Councils (GECs) of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) rated the Baru-led administration after a careful evaluation of its programmes.

In a statement by the Secretaries of the two  unions, Comrade Sulaiman Sulaiman of PENGASSAN and Comrade Uche Amara of NUPENG, the workers said they had been following the GMD’s 12 Focus Area drive towards bringing back NNPC to the path of success with keen interest.

The unions commended the plans and pronouncements toward a comprehensive rehabilitation of the three nation’s refineries to achieve optimal capacity utilisation by 2017.

They noted that it was a clear drift from the initial position, which the unions always rejected, where important national assets were posited for sales as scrap, adding that the proposal to adopt a new model that will bring investors to increase productivity without having to lose jobs is commendable.

“The recent familiarisation tour of all NNPC facilities by the GMD and the pronouncements made during the visits are clear demonstrations of Management resolve to carry along all stakeholders, especially the unions at all levels,” the workers stated in the statement.

The workers listed areas such as promotions/redeployment, rehabilitation of refineries, and other welfare programmes,  inccluding wages and retirement benefits.

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