[Abuja]–Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) yesterday praised the Nigeria National Petroleum Commission (NNPC) for the increase in refining capacity of the four nation’s refineries by 29%.
The union made this commendation in a statement by its President, Comrade Igwe Achese,
“The union praises the new refinery model of each refinery purchasing crude oil at export parity price, processes and sells the corresponding products on its own account.
“The union reiterates the need for the refineries to work optimally so that the dependence on foreign import of petroleum products will be reduced to the barest minimum, the statement read.
Speaking on the re-opening of Mosimi Depot, NUPENG also praise the efforts of the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, for making it possible after the depot had been closed down for over a year now.
NUPENG added that opening of the Mosimi depot would make distribution of petroleum products to the South-west easy and put less pressure on petroleum tankers that throng the Lagos axis to load.
NUPENG used the opportunity to call on NNPC to also re-open the system B line so that petroleum products could be dispensed through it.
“NUPENG wants the NNPC to also go further to reactivate and re-open the other moribund depots scattered all over the county.
“We want to also reiterate our earlier call for the establishment of Pipeline Protection Agency, PPA, that will be saddled with the protection of pipelines traversing the nooks and crannies of the country.
“The Agency should be well funded and equipped with modern gadgets like alarms, sensors and helicopters gun-ships with night vision,” the statement read.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg