Kachikwu/Baru: NUPENG Urges Caution

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Ibe Kachikwu

Temitope Omabegho

The Petroleum Tanker Drivers’ branch of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) has called for caution in the handling of the petition against Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru.

The National chairman of the union, Comrade Salmon Oladiti, in a statement, advised President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore the wailings of those pursuing private interest under the guise of national interest.

Oladiti warned against unnecessary politicisation and promotion of certain entrenched interests in the oil industry, both in the upstream and downstream sectors, to the detriment of the nation.

He claimed that individuals not comfortable with certain huge achievements of the NNPC boss have been working to create confusion in the industry to ensure that Baru was sacked from office.

He specifically noted the ongoing resuscitation of the NNPC depots across the country, which he said were dismissed as obsolete by previous management of the industry before Baru assumed office.

The NUPENG chairman further submitted that private individuals not comfortable with the refurbishment of the NNPC depots and were seeking to buy the national assets and ultimately turn them to private depots were behind the orchestrated plot to paint the NNPC boss in bad light before President Buhari.

He said: “Our stand is that we are in support of what he has been doing, especially in the downstream sector. What Dr. Baru has been doing is in the interest of Nigeria and our union and the larger downstream sector as a whole.

“Before Dr. Baru came on board, there were moves to privatise all the depots into private hands. Petroleum marketers and other stakeholders, we were being told that the depots were decrepit and could no longer function.

“Their mission was to privatise all the depots in the country into private hands. Those administering the corporation before him were empowering their cronies in the private depots. Since Dr. Baru assumed office as GMD, NNPC, he said all these depots are national assets and must be made to work.

“Nigerians can all see that he has started bringing them to life again. Yesterday, (Wednesday) he was in Ibadan depot and the depot is alive now. He started from Ejigbo depot in Lagos. That depot and the one in Aba is loading now. Mosimi depot in Ogun state is loading now.”

Buttressing his point, he said, “As we speak, Kano is loading and Baru will soon re-commission Ilorin depot. He has said that before the end of the year, he will make sure that he makes Ore depot and Enugu depots functional again.

“Millions of Nigerians are praying for him. All these depots were comatose before and the GMD, NNPC is bringing them back to life and somebody is complaining that he is not being carried along. The PTD branch of NUPENG under my leadership, we are hundred percent in support of the leadership of Dr. Baru and his team.

“Now, our members can list petroleum products with ease at depots owned by NNPC in their respective states without coming long distance to Lagos to experience the trauma of traffic congestion and harassment by security agents and area boys.”

He expressed concern that the relief being enjoyed by his members who have to travel long distance across the country to load petroleum products at private depots in Lagos were about to be aborted by those he called the anti-Baru elements in the oil sector.

  • My people

    Birds of same feathers flock together. Like nupeng chairman, like Baru. Looters of treasuries.

  • vic

    NIGERIANS STILL REMEMBER THE GRASS CUTTER FOR MASSIVE IDP FRAUD. THE GRASS CUTTER IS STILL ROAMING FREE.

    BUHARI IS A MERE SHOW CASE BUT IN REALITY HE IS A BIG THIEF RUNNING WITH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. NIGERIANS MUST ASK WHY BARU IS NOT SUSPENDED FROM HIS JOB??

    WHAT IS BUHARI’S INTEREST HERE???

    BUHARI IS MISUSING HIS POSITION AS A PRESIDENT TO SHIELD THESE MEGA LOOTERS AND THIEVES IN NNPC WHILE OPPOSITE PARTY MEMBERS HAVE BEEN PUNISHED HEAVILY FRO LESSER FINANCIAL CRIMES.

    • Jaybanj

      I agree about NNPC, No bigger thief than Diezani – She must spent the rest of her life in Jail, then we should go after her masters that she looted for.

  • vic

    WHAT CAUTION???

    25 BILLION DOLLARS IS A MEGA FRAUD AND THEFT OF THE CENTURY. BARU AND OTHER PEOPLE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS MEGA FRAUD SHOULD BE SACKED AND ARRESTED AND THE CASE HANDED OVER TO EFCC AND ICPC FOR FULL INVESTIGATION.

    IN THIS FRAUD CASE, BUHARI HAS BEEN CAUGHT WITH HIS PANTS DOWN. THIS FRAUD HAS TAKEN PLACE WITH THE FULL BLESSINGS OF BUHARI. BUHARI HAS AIDED AND ABETTED THIS MEGA FRAUD. BUHARI SHOULD BE IMPEACHES AND LOCKED UP IN KUJE PRISON.

    • Jaybanj

      Exactly – Jonathan should spend the rest of his life in Jail. As the whole world knows what happened under his watch – NNPC, Diezani, Customs, Dasuki, Aviation and the list goes on.

  • Romla

    Rubbish.Unions are as corrupt and even more corrupt than their related organizations.All NUPENG has said here is a “load of nonsense”.

  • Cheta God

    A sponsored write up. A case of he who pays the pipper dictating the tune. Govt should also investigate sponsorship of Unions to overseas programs to elicit their support and the academic background of these Nupeng members. Some are no longer adding value but clinging to one godfather or another to shield them. Each new GMD recruits a number of useless staff. They use them in time of crisis.

    • Romla

      Very correct.

  • josvinco

    As for NUPENG and its chairman , as long as certain individuals in that association are benefitting from the system of rot, nothing wrong with it. The chairman is trying to insinuate that as long as a Manager is making stride in his duties, he can do and undo and be insubordinate to his superiors. That is not an efficient system of public administration. The crux of matter is why did he award contracts totalling $24 billion without the board approval ? NUPENG Chairman, should concentrate on getting his members out of the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway to ease traffic flow on that major road rather delving into matters they are not sufficiently informed about. It is time too, oil companies minimize the monopoly this association enjoys by using the Railways to haul bulk of petroleum products for distribution across the country.

  • Daniel

    This is why Nigeria can never make progress.

    So NUPENG is now working for Baru?

    Can they just shut up and allow the Senate do their job, since the EFCC no more exists?

    Politics must be separated from governance.

    This case, if swept under the carpet, will make this government a complete fraud.

    We already have Ikoyigate and grasscutting scandal under the table.

    We are watching.

    • absam777

      Which senate. Are you for real ?

      • Moon

        One thing for those who called themselves Nigerians need to understand is that Nigeria is in Military regime under Mohammad Buhari. The Military has taking over the whole show that’s the bottom truth.

      • forestgee

        Senate nailed grass cutter