NUPENG Mobilises Against N5 Petrol Levy


The leadership of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has started mobilising its members against what it called anti-people policy of N5 petrol levy.
Speaking to The Tide yesterday in Port Harcourt, the National President of the Union, Comrade Igwe Achese said that the union will not accept such levy at this point in time.
Achese told The Tide that the union leadership is currently sensitising its members on the demerit of such petrol levy on the union and the petroleum sector, adding that the union is fully prepared with other  Labour Unions to resist the proposed N5 petrol levy by the National Assembly.
He said that any attempt to adjust the price of petrol under any guise will be totally resisted by the organised labour in the country, stressing that last year May, Nigerians accepted the adjustment of the pump price of petrol from N87 to N145 per litre without any resistance for the Federal Government to consolidate the operation within the petroleum sector.
The NUPENG boss explicitly stated that the oil workers would not allow any manipulation in the petroleum sector through whatever disguise, adding that the experience in the electricity sector has further emboldened their resistance.
He said that the situation in the electricity sector where Nigerians were short-changed and made to pay for darkness instead of light would never happen in the petroleum sector.
On the recent passage of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) first phase by the Senate, he commended the Senate for passing the Bill.
He reiterated that the House of Reps needs to quickly harmonise their view with the Senate for effective streamlining of activities in the sector in consonance with the PIGB.
He added that the PIGB would address some of the challenges faced with the oil and gas sector and reassure stakeholders and host communities of adequate attention.


Philip Okparaji