The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has commended its members for their loyalty and commitment in the year 2020 in spite of the challenges posed by the Coronavirus pandemic.
The union commended the members in a statement jointly signed by its National President, Mr Williams Akporeha, and General Secretary, Mr Olawale Afolabi, on Thursday, in commemoration of Christmas Day marked annually worldwide on Dec. 25.
“It is instructive to note that in the course of the year, the union thankfully began the construction of a historic new National Secretariat, ”NUPENG Towers”.
“This is in spite of the challenges posed by the deadly pandemic, Coronavirus, which tore the social fabric, causing massive unemployment, and even hunger.
“Also, exacerbating inequalities, raising havoc and threatening institutions of good governance, causing destruction in the livelihoods of people among other heart breaking challenges, ” the statement said.
It said that the union had also implemented a new strain of policy direction and discipline among its members in both the formal and informal sectors.
The statement said that new agenda and targets had been set in the course of the year, and the Union had equally taken many radical and tough decisions in the overall interest of the hardworking members.
“To date, these very well thought-out decisions have been yielding many positive and desirable results, ” it said.
The union urged members to realign themselves to the virtues of industrial peace and harmony in the Oil and Gas sector.
“We pledge our commitment not to renege in deepening our gains as a rebranded union and focus more in applying social dialogue and best practices in dealing with industrial issues whenever they come up.
“NUPENG shall continue to count on the goodwill, support and cooperation of all players in Nigeria’s Oil and Gas value chain in the coming year 2021 as we strive to consolidate on the gains of 2020 and tackle fresh challenges,” the statement said