The President of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Com (Dr.) Igwe Achese on Wednesday said the union is ready to partner the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to end the perennial fuel scarcity in the country.
Achese in an exclusive interview with Independent enjoins the Federal government to honor and pay all joint venture agreement to end the current lull in the upstream Oil & Gas business.
He said: “NUPENG has the capacity, men and will to do that, and therefore calls for collaboration with the NNPC to end the scourge.
“We makes bold to say that 60 per cent of our members are involved in the distribution chain.
“Most of the IPMAN and NARTO members are either NUPENG members or were former members and with collaboration with them, and they will be able to get the issue right and end the present scarcity of petroleum products”.
On privatization, Achese warned that the Federal government should be careful not to make the same mistakes made by the past administration in the country as it happened in the power sector.
“We caution that the government should not allow the failure of the privatization process in the power sector to rub on the Oil & Gas sector”, he said.
He specifically said: “all the past privatization processes done by the Bureau for Public Corporation (BPE) was fraught with inadequacies and that government should review the exercises and where necessary revoke their licenses.
“We call on the Federal government to make the refineries work optimally to reduce the dependence on foreign importation of petroleum products”.
On the issue of subsidy, Achese urged the government to pay subsidy to reduce and eliminate corrupt practices.
“We also want the Federal government to review the privatization of PHCN which has become counter-productive and has led to serious job losses”, he said.
On the issue of transparency, the NUPENG’s President declared the union support to the government’s fight against corruption and enacting transparency in government business especially as it affects the Oil & Gas industry.
He, however, called on the Federal government to assist the marketers through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to procure Foreign Exchange (FOREX) to import petroleum products in order to cushion the biting effects of fuel scarcity.