‘Of­fi­cials dent re­finer­ies per­for­mance’

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Mo­hammed Shosanya,La­gos.

Petroleum and Nat­u­ral Gas Se­nior Staff As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has blamed the in­abil­ity of the na­tion’s re­finer­ies to work at op­ti­mal ca­pac­ity on govern­ment of­fi­cials who re­fused to al­low Turn Around Main­te­nance (TAM) to be done.

Pres­i­dent of the union, Com­rade Ba­batunde Ogun, who dis­closed this at a press con­fer­ence in La­gos, Mon­day, said that some of the ma­te­ri­als needed for the TAM were al­ready in the re­finer­ies while oth­ers were or­dered for by the govern­ment.

He said: “Those who are clam­our­ing for the sales of the re­finer­ies are just in­ter­ested in the as­sets but do not have the in­tere­set of the coun­try at heart. How many of the govern­ment owned com­pa­nies that had ear­lier been pri­va­tised now ex­ist. Daily Times, Ajaokuta Steel Com­pany, Delta Steel Com­pany, Nigeria Paper Mill, NI­TEL have been can­ni­balised by those who bought them and aban­doned them. Even where the com­pany ex­ists the num­bers of Nige­ri­ans work­ing in those com­pa­nies have been dras­ti­cally re­duced and most of the work­ers are now on ca­sual and con­tract em­ploy­ment.”

Ac­cord­ing to him, even if the govern­ment will re­lease the mi­nor­ity shares, the re­finer­ies must be in 100 per cent func­tional po­si­tion by car­ry­ing out a Turn Around Main­te­nance (TAM) on them with a guar­an­teed sup­ply of crude which is the feed stock of the re­finer­ies.

He said ad­e­quate se­cu­rity should be pro­vided for all oil and gas in­fra­struc­tures, es­pe­cially pipe­lines sup­ply­ing crude to the re­finer­ies and those trans­port­ing re­fined prod­ucts to de­pots and ter­mi­nals through­out the coun­try.

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