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NUPENG Begins 3-day Warning Strike Over Unfair Practices Of Oil Companies

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Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, today begins a nationwide three-day warning strike over, among others things, perceived unfair labour practices by Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC; Chevron Nigeria Limited and Agip Oil Company.

Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD, have been directed not to load products in all fuel depots and tank farms across the country, during the three days warning strike.

NUPENG is also protesting the alleged refusal of National Association of Road Transport Owners, NARTO, to implement the signed collective bargaining agreement with PTD, and the sorry state of Nigerian roads.

The union warned that should government and other stakeholders fail to address its grievances after the three-day warning strike, it would declare an indefinite strike.

Specifically, NUPENG is lamenting alleged worsening unfair labour practices by SPDC, Chevron and Agip Oil, accusing them of inhuman treatment of Nigerians through casualisation and outsourcing of workers, among others.

It argued that if the agreements reached with the multinational companies at a meeting called by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, in May 2012, was implemented, these issues would have been resolved.

Close to 90 percent of Nigerians working in the petroleum industry are either contract, casual or outsourced workers with conditions of work not commensurate with industry standards and best global practices, investigations have shown.

These workers remain without job security terminal benefits, among others, for many years, without conversion to permanent workers.

Contract workers are being handed over to labour outsourcing companies without receiving terminal benefits.

The outsourcing of labour to contractors exposes workers to possible exploitation and often times these contractors prevent workers from joining the union.

It would be recalled that NUPENG had on June 6, in Lagos, issued a 14-day strike notice to the Federal Government over disputes with SPDC, Chevron and Agip, threatening a nationwide strike.

The union called on the Federal Government to summon an all-stakeholders’ national conference on oil and gas to address, among others, labour issues in the sector before the expiration of the ultimatum or the union would declare an indefinite nationwide strike.

General Secretary of NUPENG, Isaac Aberare, said the three-day warning strike, starting today, was to protest unfair labour practices by oil multinationals.

He said: “The strike is also to protest the refusal of NARTO to implement the signed collective bargaining agreement with the Petroleum Tanker Drivers and the sorry state of roads across the nation.

“The union calls for understanding from Nigerians, as all efforts by the Ministry of Labour intervention three weeks ago have failed.”

President of NUPENG, Achese Igwe, also accused Agip Oil of terminating the appointment of 93 contract workers that had worked with the firm for between 25 and 35 years, without benefits despite directives by the Ministry of Labour and Productivity.

He also accused the firm of promoting 96 workers, who have spent over 15 years as contract workers under NUPENG, to Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, as contract staff, instead of converting them to full time workers.

Igwe accused Chevron of converting workers from contract labour to service labour.

He said SPDC refused to have Collective Bargaining Agreement, CBA, with the workers and also denied them the right to join union, among others. [Vanguard]

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  1. Chybyk

    July 1, 2013 at 8:09 am

    …Close to 90 percent of Nigerians
    working in the petroleum industry
    are either contract, casual or
    outsourced workers with
    conditions of work not
    commensurate with industry
    standards and best global
    practices… I comend d NUPENG their concern among their co workers that r been treated unfairly! Unlike PHCN that has little/no regard 2 their casual/NEPA II workers as they tagged it, close to 50% of PHCN workers r casual/NEPA II which earn nothing @ d end of the month which am a victim of that, they never hv vacance but not when any of their relation who knows little/nothing abt d job shows interest. I mean the federal government should look into how employement is been done @ PHCN & creat more jobs 4 d teeming youths out there, cos job palava 2 much in Nija!

    • lateef

      July 1, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Thanks for NUPENG if truly they are fighting for the casuals I support. Also they should help us look into attendant at filling stations our situation is far worse than even casuals. HELP

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The potential for iGaming in Nigeria uncovered

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There is a growing positivity surrounding the Nigerian iGaming industry. As the nation breathes a collective sigh of relief following the announcement of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), it’s hoped that many burgeoning industries such as the world of iGaming can be allowed to flourish and bring much-needed tax revenues to the country.

Many analysts within the iGaming industry believe Nigeria has the potential to become Africa’s iGaming hub. Its domestic market is already forecast to be worth $2 billion, due largely to sports betting and the fascination with Nigerian soccer stars overseas like Odion Ighalo at Manchester United. Meanwhile, the domestic penetration of smartphones is also recognised, with some 83% of the population now owning a mobile device.

Nigeria was also a major focal point during this year’s SBC Digital Summit Africa, which was understandably conducted virtually earlier this month. Ahead of the summit, experts enrolled in the event were asked to vote on which African country offered the best foundations for iGaming operators to thrive. Nigeria outperformed every other nation, with 31% of all votes labelling Nigeria as the country with the highest potential to make a real
success of its domestic iGaming sector.

Even South Africa, which has a well-established domestic iGaming market, ranked second with just 28% of the vote. Prospective Nigerian iGaming operators should certainly take a leaf out of the book of South African iGaming brands, many of which have cultivated a strong customer base through the use of incentives and sign-up bonuses. The vast majority of offers available at platforms like Casinos.co.za, direct gamers to the safest and most reputable
platforms.

One of the main reasons that industry experts believe in Nigeria’s iGaming potential is that it already boasts an engaged target demographic. Many of its young adults are already betting on sports like soccer and boxing, and there is a feeling that introducing them to casino gaming verticals would not be too difficult a stretch. Marry that with a growing number of smartphone users, which is predicted to reach over 140 million people by 2025, and you can
see the potential for iGaming apps and web applications to provide immersive, secure gaming
on the go.

Presently, the country has three separate bodies responsible for licensing online betting activities – the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering (SCUML) and the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP). At the time of writing, online betting at a domestic Nigerian site is strictly prohibited by law. Loopholes regarding offshore operators make it possible for
Nigerians to play elsewhere, but it seems somewhat short-sighted for the Nigerian government to steer clear of creating its own regulated, revenue-making iGaming industry.

In a nation of substantial population, supporters of developing a domestic iGaming industry in Nigeria believe that the most would be a positive step, creating new career opportunities for everyday people. This could be in customer support, game development or any other facet of an iGaming operator. All the while, generating tax revenues for the Nigerian government and helping to breathe new life into the domestic economy.

There is a general feeling that Nigeria’s gaming industries tend to follow the same path as South Africa’s. The SBC Digital Summit Africa revealed that there has been a “seismic shift” from sports betting markets to casino games in the last eight months, including live dealer tables, that’s according to Sean Coleman, CEO of the South Africa Bookmakers Association.

Live dealer games seemingly “appeal to millennials” across South Africa. Dean Finder, CEO of Evolution Services SA believes the fact that live dealer games are “not gender biased” is an opportunity to reach out to female players, which are an often “unserved market” across Africa.

For these trends to follow suit in Nigeria, operators will need to build further trust in their
games and regulatory measures to curry favour with the country’s legislature.

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Femi Otedola Reacts To Lekki Tollgate Shooting

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Nigerian businessman, Femi Otedola has finally reacted to the shooting that took place at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos on Tuesday.

Information Nigeria recalls men dressed in military wears opened fire on unarmed #EndSARS protesters, who convened at the area.

Otedola took to his Instagram page on Sunday to commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident.

Sharing a photo of the Nigerian flag, he wrote;

“The horrors that have been unfolding in our country have left me filled with sadness. I deeply commiserate with those who have lost their loved ones and as a father, I share the sentiment of my three daughters who protested in Lagos and London. As a young boy of 16, I participated in the ‘Ali Must Go Protest’ of 1978, so I understand the determination of our youths who rightly want our country to be better. We must all do our part to make Nigeria great! I will continue to do my own quota in providing for those who are most in need of support in our country in these tough times .…F.Ote💲”

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“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” – Brother Claims

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“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” - Brother Claims
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Information Nigeria recalls a graphics designer identified as Oke, was killed hours after tweeting “Nigeria will not kill me” on Wednesday.

It was reported that the young man had passed away after he was hit by a stray bullet.

The deceased’s younger brother, Daniel has come out to clear the air regarding the circumstances leading to his death.

Daniel revealed his brother was stabbed on the neck by thugs who infiltrated and ransacked their home.

In his words;

Good day, My name is Obi-Enadhuze Daniel younger brother of the now deceased Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze @O_Okee . I, my brother and mother lived at makinde police barracks, mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos State.

Today at about 11 o’clock in the morning the police station at makinde was attacked by thugs who wanted to destroy the station, I my mom and brother were holed up in our house.

 The attack went on for hours before the thugs eventually breached the police and proceeded to set the station on fire, after accomplishing this they set their sights to the barracks and began the assault, they proceeded to destroy every car in the barracks, my mom’s 2 cars where destroyed and set on fire and then they infiltrated our house by breaking the door they then proceeded to ransack the house and carted away with everything we own. 

 my brother on trying to get them to take everything but spare us was pushed to my mom’s room and stabbed on the neck, the attacker then proceeded to attack me but missed my neck but got my chin instead, after this my mom and I carried my brothers body to the entrance of the station soliciting for help from the thugs still ravaging the barracks, we were finally able to put him in a wheelbarrow and took him to a hospital where he was rejected because “he was already dead” unfazed we moved him to another hospital where he met the same treatment this was where he bled his last drops of blood and died, his body has now been moved to a morgue

we have lost every single thing we own, as our house was completely ransacked and set on fire the only thing left is my brothers phone and at about 8 o’clock this evening the barracks was still on fire but Okechukwu has paid with the ultimate price

I and my mother are homeless with nothing now but we’re safe for now, we thank everyone that has been able to reach out to us, and were able to share consoling words with us in these trying times, God bless you

While we were holed up in the house the three of us said these words together and we say it again ” THREE OF US ARE HERE, THREE OF US ARE TOGETHER, THREE OF US ARE SAFE”

Let it be known that my brother @O_Okee  was NOT killed by a police bullet but died a hero protecting my mother and I.

If you see this please retweet, let the world know how Okechukwu died. He was NOT killed by a police bullet but thugs in his home!”

Read Also: RIP Oke: Barely 3hours After Tweeting “Nigeria Will Not End Me” #EndSARS Protester Dies From Gunshot

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