‘Officials dent refineries performance’
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.