NUPENG sug­gests way out of oil theft

Daily Trust - - LABOUR - From Mo­hammed Shosanya,La­gos

The Nige­ria Union of Petroleum and Nat­u­ral Gas Work­ers (NUPENG) has called for a stake­hold­ers sum­mit to tackle the ris­ing cri­sis of oil theft and pipeline van­dal­ism in the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to the union, the stake­hold­ers should com­prise ship own­ers, de­pot own­ers, Po­lice, Army, Navy, Nige­ria Na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion, DSS, Depart­ment of Petroleum Re­sources (DPR) Civil De­fense Corps and the unions in the na­tion’s oil and gas sec­tor.

Pres­i­dent of NUPENG, Com­rade Igwe Ach­ese, who gave the ad­vice dur­ing a cour­tesy call on the chief of Army Staff, Lt - Gen­eral Tukur Bu­ratai , said his union is un­set­tled over the in­ces­sant van­dal­i­sa­tion and oil theft which has led to huge losses to the na­tion’s econ­omy. He promised to col­lab­o­rate with the army to end the scourge.

He also ex­pressed dis­sat­is­fac­tion over the at­ti­tude of some sol­diers who ha­rass and dis­turb tanker driv­ers per­form­ing their du­ties in the haulage of petroleum prod­ucts to var­i­ous parts of the coun­try.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt - Gen­eral Tukur Bu­ratai said that he had or­dered the com­man­der of the Mil­i­tary Po­lice to check the ha­rass­ment of tanker driv­ers.

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