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NUPENG to Government: No local refining of products, no fuel subsidy removal

*The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers says its action on the imminent petrol subsidy removal is based on the socio-economic implications on businesses and ordinary Nigerian consumers

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has cautioned the Federal Government to not consider removal of fuel subsidy without addressing the local refining capacity.

ConsumerConnect reports  NUPENG in a communiqué noted its stand on the controversial petrol subsidy removal is based on the socio-economic implications of such an action on businesses and ordinary Nigerian consumers.

The Union leaders issued the statement at the end of the Union’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Lagos.

The leaders said they met to deliberate on the state of the nation, especially after the conduct of the 2023 General Elections.

They also discussed the increasing statements from Nigerians on the intention of the Federal Government to end the Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) subsidy regime, among others.

Prince Williams Akporeha, President and Afolabi Olawale, General Secretary of NUPENG, in the communiqué stated: “NEC-in-Council also examined the recurrent discussions for the removal of subsidy from the PMS, and expresses deep concerns over the failure of the Federal Government to do the needful as severally advised by organised Labour that deregulation of the PMS should not be predicated on importation of the product because of all the obvious negative impacts on the socio-economic life of the people and nation in general.

“The Council-in-session expressed disappointment over the failure of government to deliver on its promises of making the three national refineries work before contemplating the removal of the subsidy on this very important economic item in view of the enormous implication and the impact on the economic activities and considering the socio-economic importance of PMS to ordinary Nigerians.”

The Union also said: “The NEC-in-session reaffirms that in as much as our inion is not averse to the removal of PMS subsidy, the Federal Government must ensure that our local refineries are put into full operation before a such major policy decision is taken in the interest of the generality of Nigerians.”

NUPENG further said: “The NEC-in session affirms that the 2023 general elections marked another watershed in the democratic journey of our nation wherein the youths adequately mobilised and participated in the electoral processes, and wherein the political parties of 20 sitting governors lost to opposition parties and quite unlike before wherein seven sitting governors lost their bids to become Senators, after their tenure expired as governors of their respective states.

“The council-in-session admits that without any doubt, there are still some irregularities in the conducts of the election but opines that rather than fan embers of division and disillusionment among Nigerians, patriotic Nigerians should rise in unison to galvanise the citizenry to mend broken relationships and heal whatever wounds might have been inflicted on one another and collectively strive towards improving our electoral processes as we move forward.”

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