The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has disclosed that it is supporting the total upgrade of the refineries as enunciated by the federal government, saying it will help address the issue of local production, avert fuel shortage, and put an end to arbitrary subsidy payments. President of the union, Igwe Achese stated this yesterday in Lagos, yesterday, warning that the current relief in the supply of petroleum products is only a short respite as the fuel crisis will still continue. Speaking at the end of the National Executive Council (NEC) and elders meeting to address the election of the union, Achese said NUPENG’s position is that the federal government should put the refineries back in shape.
“The global economic challenges call for nations to look inward and for us as a country with all these challenges, we will only overcome the issue of fuel crisis when we start refining our crude”, he said. Achese who commended Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for its present role in assuaging the problem, maintained that the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration should take the bull by the horns and ensure that Nigeria returns to the former position of refining her fuel. “We believe that if our refineries begin operation at full capacity, the Dangote refinery gets underway and other modular refinery operating, then we can say there would be total freedom from fuel crisis”, he said. The NUPENG President also condemned the delay in the inauguration of the NSITF board, which the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige said was due to the investigation of alleged fraud against the former board.
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