NUPENG withdraws stay-at-home order
Contrary to earlier reports by the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) that Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), Petrol Station Workers (PSW) and Petroleum Depots Workers among other workers in the informal sector should obey the stay-at-home order, the union yesterday rescinded its decision, stating that their services are very essential, particularly as the nation battles to end the coronavirus pandemic.
The union said the decision was unanimously resolved that all its members that are in the value chain of distribution of petroleum products for commercial, industrial and domestic uses should continue to work.
President of NUPENG, Williams Akporeha, and Secretary, Afolabi Olawale, who noted that the union was quite aware that these workers in the course of serving the nation become highly vulnerable to the virus, promised to provide necessary safety kits at various loading points, even as the union urged them to provide necessary mechanisms and tools including social distancing at their various locations.
While calling on Nigerians to rise and defend humanity, they, added that the union would provide within its resources, assistance it could to mitigate various unforeseen circumstances that may arise in the course of its service to the nation.
However, the union urged workers, who are not in direct line of loading and distribution of petroleum products on any particular day to stay at home to avoid the unnecessary crowd at operational locations.
NUPENG further informed members and other stakeholders in the downstream sector to diligently follow international protocols, including the recommended health and safety measures by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) by maintaining social distancing, excellent personal hygiene and keeping the work environment safe while discharging their essential services in the downstream sector of the industry and to the general public.
The Union promised to deal with any member found loitering around the mentioned locations without proof of rendering key services.
“We further urge all our members to continue to adhere strictly to social distancing and high level of hygienic behavior at work, at home, on the streets and with everyone they interface within their daily activities so as to reduce the spread of the contagious Covid-19 and keep the socio-economic activities of the country alive industrially, domestically and commercially.
“Our members should rest assured that the leadership of the union will not forsake them and our dear nation at this precarious time as we pledge to serve our nation with everything we have for our collective good and wellbeing.
“It is our prayer that we find a lasting solution to this scourge early enough so that the world could be safe and healthy for us to live in,” the union said.