By DAPO OLAWUNI
The National President of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) Comrade Williams Akporeha has announced that the union under his watch has secured 2.1 million Naira as terminal benefit to each of 1,710 workers of a petroleum company; Chevron
Comrade Akporeha stated this at the 5th Quadrennial Delegate Conference of NUPENG which held recently at the Government Event Centre in Asaba, Delta State.
While giving stewardship of his stay in office, Comrade Akporeha said one of the well-known seemingly difficult issue his administration inherited and successfully resolved was that of the 2012 short payment of terminal benefits to former staff of Big Six Labour Contractors.
“This was an issue that had defied all solution from the previous regime spanning several years.
“We are very proud to report to this great gathering, that our administration stepped in and was able to handle this age long struggle to a very positive and successful conclusion with the signing of landmark agreement which provide for the sum of 2.1 million naira to each of the 1710 workers affected. This is a great victory for the Union” he said
According to the unionist, as part of efforts to build positive brand for members and protect the union’s image, the leadership of the Union has initiated the development of digitalized biometric identification cards for members in the informal sector.
“This we believe will help to keep our identity safe from fraudsters and imposters who are found of faking our identity cards and image to defraud members of the public and as well carry out criminal and nefarious activities in the Oil and Gas sector.
“The first phase of the initiative has been successfully concluded for the informal sector branches and the new identity cards have been distributed. The identity card is now being used to conduct elections in the informal sector branches which has gone a long way to simplify and authenticate our accreditation processes during elections.
“As evidence of how widely acceptable the project is, Delegates at the recently convened Special Delegates Conference the Union, unanimously adopted the motion to extend the coverage of the new initiative to even members in the formal sector of the Union. With this resolution from the Special Delegates Conference, the second phase of the biometric identity card will soon commence to cover all our members in the formal sector branches” he said
Comrade Akporeha said the union under his watch has since embarked on building a new National Secretariat for the Union.
He said the leadership of the Union in August 2019, initiated a groundbreaking ceremony for the NUPENG TOWER at No 9, Jibowu Street, Jibowu, Yaba, Lagos.
According to him, immediately after the groundbreaking ceremony, the construction of the 8 floors NUPENG TOWER commenced without stopping and as at this moment, the contractors have concluded work on the 8th floor of the Tower with the roofing in place.
“We are very confident, that everyone of us gathered here will be invited to the NUPENG TOWER Housewarming by December this year by the special grace of God” he said