NATIONAL Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), has denied reports that oil workers have commenced negotiation with government over planned total deregulation of the downstream sector of the nationâ€™s petroleum industry, saying they only attended a consultative forum that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), invited them.
President of NUPENG, Comrade Peter Akpatason, in a chat said: â€œWe are not negotiating with the government, we actually attended a consultative meeting , the stakeholders consulted me,Â including marketers and other players of the industry.
The whole essence of that is that we have been hearing a lot of pronouncement on radio, television and the other arms of the press. But there is no time that any formal position, was made known to the union as to how they are going about whatever policy they have proposed. You will recall that the earlier on, we had a meeting with them, some time ago, we had the marketers NLC and other stakeholders we talked about the intention to determine the option of deregulation, and we were disposed to looking at it, but since that moment, we have not heard any thing from any body.
But rather we hear that we coordinated pronouncement here and there from different people, all pointing to the fact that they have got some plans to deregulate the people because of time frame and with out actually discussing with other stakeholders, like discussing with labour, marketers and depot owners, and potential refinery investor, importersÂ and all the rest of them.. So the occasion that you are actually referring to is the consultative occasion, we were invited by NNPC.â€