By Victor Ahiuma-Young
WORKERS in the nationâ€™s oil industry have said the death of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua has robbed the Petroleum industry of a great ally who revived hope and peace in the sector.
The oil workers also said the late President Yarâ€™Adua caused a great increase in the number of barrels of crude produced by the country compared to the time before the implementation of the amnesty programme.
The workers under the aegis of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, and its Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, counterpart, howeverÂ congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan for taking over the mantle of leadership in full and advised him to beware of sycophants and praise-singers, who are only in the corridor of power for their selfish reasons.
In a separate statement, NUPENG and PENGASSAN, said the oil workers mourned the death of a quintessential gentleman and consummate leader, who brought the hostilities in the Niger Delta to an end with the laying down of arms by the militants.
PENGASSAN in a statement by its President, Comrade Babatude Ogun, said some of the policies and programmes byÂ the late Yarâ€™Adua, especially the amnesty programme and the development plans for the Niger Delta, the power emergency plan as well as the upholding of the rule of law were laudable that had been keeping the country going.
On its part, NUPENG in a statement by its General Secretary, Comrade Elijah Okougbo, said: â€œWe will remember him for making the Niger Delta safe again for oil workers to go about their normal duties for exploration and exploitation of crude oil and gas.â€
â€œHe signed the truce that brought hostilities to an end and masterminded the dredging of the River Niger to promote commerce and transportation. The late leader will also be remembered for his belief in due process and the institution of the rule of law in the country.