By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
Calabar— Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has advised the Federal Government to tread with caution over the proposed removal of petroleum subsidy, saying it was capable of bringing unnecessary hardship on Nigerians.
National President of NUPENG, Mr. Igwe Achese, who spoke, Wednesday, in Calabar, Cross River State, at a national training seminar with the theme, Transformational Agenda and Processes in the Oil and Gas Industry, said the union will resist the deregulation if the Federal Government fails to remove the hardship it was going to cause the nation.
He said: “The union is not against deregulation of the downstream oil sector per se. We are against total deregulation of the downstream when the refineries are not working optimally.
“We are against deregulation of the downstream sector when ruptured pipelines have not been replaced and most of the depots across the country are without products.”
“We call on the Federal Government to tread with caution on the issue of deregulation as they have between now and the year 2012 to fix the refineries, repair ruptured pipelines and re-activate the depots across the country.”