The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Thursday expressed its disappointment that the National Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) excluded oil workers’ unions from its just concluded Stakeholders conference.
The Union in a statement by its National President, Comrade Igwe Achese recalled that
“NUPENG was in the forefront for the struggle to make the local content bill a reality but today it is been excluded in the discussions of the affairs that affect the human capital involved in the actualization of the process.
“The Local Content Board’s deliberate act to exclude the two unions, NUPENG and PENGASSAN is to make them not to open up on the weaknesses and lapses noticeable, which the Unions have always pointed out.
“NUPENG reiterates that, it is sad to note that the ideals and purpose of setting up the Board have not been realized as the level of success expected of the Board has not been met”, he further said
“We are more worried that as at today, the Board has failed to call indigenous firms who are benefitting from the Local Content Act to stop enslaving their workers who are Nigerians as casuals”, he affirmed.
The labour leader emphasized that the Content Development Board has failed to monitor and enforce on these indigenous firms who are owing their workers’ salaries and allowances.
“We therefore calls for another summit to include the Union and PENGASSAN for the truth to be told in order to move the work of the Board forward”