NUPENG Protest Sale of Kaduna Refinery


0028b223ddb966150cab9b19341944c7Kaduna — Staff of the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) are angry with proposed sale of the company by the federal government, describing it as a fruitless plan.

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Clad in red clothes to express their rejection of the plan, the workers, led by union officials including the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the Nigeria Union of Petroleum & Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) at a protest Wednesday chanted solidarity songs round the administrative block of the plant.

PENGASSAN chairman Anka Usman said the sellers would fail, adding, “We are not going there to fight them, we are not going to take weapons against them but they will not succeed.”

Usman said KRPC which was established to serve the northern region with fuel and other lubricants is now undergoing a different political dimension that was rejected by late former president Umaru Yar Ádua.

“We will continue with the action until something is done,” Usman added. Mani Suleiman Shinkafi, Vice Chairman, PENGASSAN said they were worried that the federal government visited the plant on a Sunday under the guise of good governance tour. The company’s managers were said to be away in Calabar for meeting. Pastor Amuka Amuka and Sheik Mohammed Ibrahim prayed for the protesters before they departed.

In a related development, the House of Representatives yesterday asked its committees to investigate the planned sale of the company.

The committees on privatisation, petroleum resources downstream and that of due process are to look into what was termed “suspicious, illegal and unreasonable” government move for the sale of the Kaduna, Port Harcourt and Warri refineries. The minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke last week announced plans by government to sell the four refineries to private investors next year. Rep Hassan El-Badawy (APC, Yobe) who moved the motion said the announcement was made without the knowledge of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) as the agency charged with the responsibility of public assets disposal.

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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