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Government pledges to tackle casualisation, outsourcing in petroleum sector

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The Federal Government has pledged to tackle casualisation and outsourcing of workers in the oil and gas sector.
 
The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, who disclosed this at a national educational seminar organised by the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), in Lagos, said the process, which would involve critical stakeholders has already begun.
  
Keyamo, who bemoaned casualisation and outsourcing of workers by employers in the sector, said as the head of the committee saddled with the responsibility, he would ensure the act is put to a halt.

  
“The technical committee set up to review the guidelines from labour administration on issues like contract staffing, outsourcing in the oil and gas sector will be revised by me. We will resume deliberation in putting an end to the menace,” he said.
  
He said the theme, “Creating a Sustainable Brand as Trade Union for Positive Change,” underscores the effort of the current administration to take Nigeria to the next level, through positive social change anchored on value re-orientation, “for the purpose of achieving three cardinal objectives for the next level agenda, which is fighting insecurity, corruption, and fixing the economy.”
 
Meanwhile, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and NUPENG said they would continue to collaborate to ensure free flow of petroleum products to every household during and after the Yuletide season.
  
They restated their commitment during the foundation-laying ceremony of the N5.5billion NUPENG Towers, in Lagos, saying that timely delivery of products to Nigerians is paramount.
  
Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mele Kyari, who commended NUPENG for ensuring energy security, said without the oil workers’ support, it would be impossible for the government to ensure a hitch-free supply of petroleum products across the country.
  
According to him, NNPC sees NUPENG not only as a partner but a viable brand.
  
Kyari, represented by the Managing Director, Petroleum Products Marketing Company Limited (PPMC), Bala Wunti, said the Corporation would do all within its reach to ensure NUPENG actualises its dream of building the multi-billion naira towers.
  
Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, who was represented by the Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Emmanuel Amgbaduba, commended the giant stride and also urged the oil workers to ensure the free flow of petroleum products during the festive season.
  
Similarly, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Idris Salako, reiterated the state’s support to workers’ welfare, as well as to create an enabling an environment for businesses to thrive.
 
President of NUPENG, Williams Akporeha, who sought support to complete the project, urged members to be frugal with their dues to achieve greater exploits for the union.
  
He said the two-year project when completed would comfortably serve all administrative and operational needs, as well as render commercial services to other corporate organisations.
  
Meanwhile, the oil workers also raised an alarm over individuals using NUPENG’s fake identity cards to perpetrate crime.
  
Akporeha noted that to tackle the menace, the union is introducing new imitation-proof biometric identity cards for all informal sector branch members effective from the first quarter of 2020.
  
He said: “Over time, we discovered that some individuals have selfishly and wickedly been exploiting our good name and brand by committing crimes and other nefarious activities, most especially using the platforms of our informal branches to commit these criminal acts.
  
“It is so sad to note that fake NUPENG identity cards are all over the town with these bad eggs using them to defraud innocent individuals and corporate organisations.
  
“To build a positive brand, we must collectively find ways to prevent this. We are collaborating with a reputable IT frim to come out with a new membership identity card that will have a series of security features to prevent forgery, and card readers to identify genuine members from fake ones.
  
Any member that commits fraud or other crimes will also be easily identified and prosecuted.”


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