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Fashola tasks NUPENG on productivity and ingenuity

THE Lagos State helmsman has counseled the National Union of Petroleum Engineering and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), on the need for them to be proactive as it relates to developing a viable petroleum sector rather than continually picking up the gauntlet against the Federal and state governments.
The Governor who spoke at the ceremony which took place at the Secretariat located at Isaac John Street, Fadeyi, Igbobi, wondered why NUPENG is not thinking about building refineries and why it is not thinking about building petrol chemical industries which it has the knowledge to engage in, adding that serious thought should also be given to the development of a sustainable model for fuel haulage which is by rail.
“Are we content with just being a union that will just benefit from crumbs of the oil and petroleum business? You are not involved in making them. Why are you not leading the initiative about cleaning up the Niger Delta or to clean up Baruwa, Alimosho and Diamond Estate in Isheri. You have the men and the knowledge. It may look difficult but if you don't start, it would not change and you know the process of cleaning can create hundreds of thousands of jobs and that is the most single defining issue today”, he stated.
He charged members of the union, especially tanker drivers, to set higher safety thresholds every day so that whenever the conduct of their work results in a loss of human life, the question they should ask themselves is whether their purpose has been served, because the purpose of the business is to keep life going in the first place. “So, when we do it a such a way that we don't pay enough regard to human life, any money made at the expense of human life is for me, blood money”, he reiterated.
Explaining the negative impact of strikes and shutdowns on the economy, the Governor while speaking on the threat of NUPENG National President to call out its members on strike without notice to the Federal Government, said at the end of the day when there is a strike, no one gains, because the union does not gain, the Nigerian people do not gain and even the people on whose behalf the union went on strike do not gain either.
“If you sit to think what this nation or each state loses any day we shut down and on the other hand, we are asking that we want to create employment and we are shutting down business, they don't seem, to me, to be compatible. The power to strike is a lawful and legal power of the employees. It must not be the first but the last resort”, he added.
The Lagos State helmsman reiterated that a common ground must be found so that the people being served don't get hurt while a disagreement is going on, adding that there is a different leadership required for a different occasion.
While thanking the NUPENG leadership for choosing to dedicate the Hall at the Secretariat to him, Governor Fashola rededicated it as the NUPENG PEACE HALL in memory of the slain students at the Federal Government College in Yobe State.
While responding to the request for land for Tankers Park, the Governor said that one existed and was already partly developed and in use under a concessionaire agreement, adding that a request for more land would only be considered on its merit. He, however, urged the union members to ponder on what future for oil and gas business in Nigeria and whether it is one of tankers or the rail wagons as the tonnage moved around on the roads does the road networks more harm than good.
The Governor said the country was witnessing a period of mixed blessings and mixed feelings when so many families are mourning the loss of young and innocent lives. He prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the young Nigerians.
According to the Governor, the first line of defense for any nation that is facing insurgency is the Customs and Immigrations Department as it concerns those who are coming into the country and what they are coming to do.
“All those landing cards that we fill, are people going through them? Are they checking those who came in? Whether they had gone? What did they come to do? What did they bring? This is the basic place to start, because only then, no matter the guess that the security agencies make in terms of reaction, so long as the borders remain porous, more guns will come in”, he emphasized.
Speaking earlier, the National President of the NUPENG, Comrade Achese Igwe, thanked the Governor for his assistance to the union especially in fulfilling the promise to assist in renovating the zonal secretariat.
He also sought the assistance of the state government in providing land for NUPENG to construct a Tankers Park in Lagos, giving a commitment that once this is done there would be no issue about parking of tankers anymore.
Also speaking, the Lagos zonal chairman of NUPENG, Mr Tokunbo Korodo, thanked Governor Fashola for his kind gestures and special support to the union especially with regards to the redesigning and renovation of the zonal office.
He added that beyond this, the union is appreciative of the strategic and logical processes that the Governor has put into governance in Lagos State, making it evidently clear that Lagos has been carefully crafted to become one of the first ten developed cities in the world.
The Governor later cut the ribbon to commission the Secretariat at the event which attracted dignitaries like former NUPENG general secretary, Chief Frank Kokori and other dignitaries.

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