Members of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) Workers have been commended on essential services of ensuring uninterrupted supply of petroleum products to every nooks and cranny of the country during the lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.
The union lauded its members recently but decried the harassment and intimidation of oil company workers by security agents.
They called on oil companies and the Department of Petroleum Resources to provide adequate security passes for the workers.
Petroleum tanker drivers, petrol station workers, petroleum products depot workers, oil and gas suppliers, and liquefied petroleum gas retailers, had made NUPENG and the entire labour movement proud as they moved through difficult and dangerous situations to ensure fuel supply to Nigerians, NUPENG in a statement by its President and General Secretary, Prince Williams Akporeha and Olawale Afolabi, respectively said.
“The leadership of NUPENG has reviewed the roles of our members in the front line in this critical period as Nigerians fight to contain the spread of the deadly and contagious coronavirus pandemic and we are proud to say our members on essential services have made us proud, the statement read in part.
“In fact, not only have they made NUPENG and the United Labour Congress of Nigeria proud, our petroleum tanker drivers and others have made the entire labour movement proud by continuing to ensure uninterrupted supply of petroleum products to every nooks and cranny of the country despite the difficult and sometimes, dangerous situations as most states across the country are on lockdown.
“Once again, we appeal to state governments, security agents and Nigerians, in general, to cooperate with members of our unions who are risking their lives to provide essential services in the nation.”