National President, National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, Mr Achese Igwe, who made the call in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, said it was worrisome that products allocated to the refinery were illegally diverted, a situation he said could provoke the union to embark on strike, if not addressed.
He said” “This may be ploy to tell Nigerians that the refineries are epileptic, it is not functional, petroleum products cannot be refined locally and the best thing is to take these products off-shore and refine them.
“The refineries in the country are capable and the workers there are committed to ensure that these products allocated to them are refined and the products also made available to consumers.”
He noted that the diversion at the refinery was affecting the smooth operations of independent marketers, noting that some marketers have not had supply from the refinery in the last six months because of the problem of diversion.
“The only way marketers can sustain their businesses is when these products are available for them to lift.”
Igwe also said his union would monitor the commercialization process of the refineries to ensure they were not sold as gratification to some Nigerians.
“NUPENG is not against the commercialization of the refineries. We will not fold our hands as a union and watch a situation where the Nigerian refineries will be sold as a gratification to some Nigerians.”
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