Workers of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has threatened to embark on a strike in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) over a dispute with Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON).
This was made known after a National Executive Council meeting, Mr Igwe Achese, NUPENG President, said the strike was inevitable because of three billion naira terminal benefits allegedly owed some sacked oil sector workers.
Achese said that those affected were former staff of Seawolf Drilling, an oil servicing firm, in Rivers.
He said the management of AMCOM was being lackadaisical in meeting its obligation of settling the workers.
Achese said more than 300 workers of the oil firm were disengaged unceremoniously in 2013.
The retrenchment of the workers followed the company’s indebtedness to a commercial bank to the tune of N25 billion which led to AMCOM taking over the assets and liabilities of Seawolf.
The workers, who are affiliate members of NUPENG, have been asking AMCOM to pay their severance package without success, he said.
Achese said NUPENG had given two weeks grace to the Federal Government and the Ministry of Labour and Employment to intervene.
‘’For the past four years we have been discussing the issue of redundancy and closure of Seawolf, which AMCOM, a federal agency, took over since 2013.
“It is very unfortunate to state that workers engaged to a company that AMCOM took over; AMCOM has refused to pay them their terminal benefits since 2013.
“Therefore, the union in a very strong resolution, is requesting the Federal Government to prevail on AMCOM to open doors for dialogue to pay these workers of Seawolf which it took over.
“Of course, you will agree with me that taking over a company such as the case of AMCOM you are taking both liabilities and assets.
“As such we have written series of letters to the Ministry of Petroleum, Ministry of Labour and Employment, to the security agencies and all agencies expected to be notified on this issue.
“We are aware that AMCOM instead of paying these workers and negotiating the terminal benefits of these workers has decided to take the matter to court and we have been faced with series of adjournments since 2013.
“We, therefore, have no choice as a union but to write an open letter to Mr President and the acting president to take all necessary steps to address the issues of Seawolf and that of Chevron, ”he said.
Achese said the union had notified the Federal Government in a letter that if it failed to address the issues after two weeks, it would call out its members to withdraw their services in the FCT.
Achese said that it had also directed its members across the country to, in solidarity with the struggle, dress in red and hoist green leaves on their vehicles for the next two weeks.
On restructuring, he said that the campaign for restructuring the country had become necessary.
Achese said that the restructuring must take the form of fiscal federalism such that component states or regions might control their own resources.
“On our part as a union, we canvass for true federalism to be adopted in the country, each state or region should be allowed to control their resources through fiscal federalism.
“This approach, we believe, will reduce the current agitations just the way the regions of old controlled their local resources which made room for healthy competition and development.”
Source:( PM News )
Zabarmari Killing: Fani-Kayode Condemns Presidency Over Insensitive Statement
Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned the presidency over its statement that the 43 farmers killed by members of Boko Haram on Saturday in Borno did not have military clearance to be on the farm.
Recall that Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity disclosed on Monday that the farmers slaughtered by Boko Haram terrorists on Saturday didn’t have military clearance to be on the farm.
Reacting to the development, the former Minister expressed that the statement was not a good defence for the murder.
Whether it was 43 or 110 farmers that were killed, it’s not a good defence to say they were murdered because they did not get permission to farm. Every Nigerian, whether Northern or Southern, has a right to life &deserves to be protected regardless of their occupation or trade.
Whether it was 43 or 110 farmers that were killed,it's not a good defence to say they were murdered because they did not get permission to farm. Every Nigerian,whether Northern or Southern, has a right to life &deserves to be protected regardless of their occupation or trade.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) November 30, 2020
Court Okays Suit Compelling Emefiele To Account For COVID-19 Donations
The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, granted a suit, seeking to apply for judicial review and order of mandamus to compel the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, to provide details of financial donations received by the country in relation to the coronavirus pandemic.
Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the ruling in a suit filed by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and Heda Resource Centre as 1st and 2nd applicants respectively.
Mandamus is a judicial writ issued as a command to an inferior court or ordering a person to perform a public or statutory duty.
According to reports, the group, in an ex-parte motion marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1456/2020, listed the CBN governor as sole respondent.
Ekwo also granted their plea to seek an order declaring that the failure of the CBN to provide the plaintiff with information on the sources of the donations, how they are being applied, among others, amounted to a violation of the applicant’s rights under the Freedom of Information Act and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.
He ordered the applicant to file, within seven days, a formal application for the orders sought, which must be served on the respondent within seven days.
The judge also ordered the respondent to, upon being served, file its response within 30 days.
Lawan Leads FG’s Delegation On Condolence Visit To Borno
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Other members are the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), and Senior Special Assistant( Media and Publicity) to the President, Mallam Garba Shehu.
The delegation was reportedly received on arrival at the Airport by the Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Umar Gadafu.
The delegation is in Borno, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government, to commiserate and identify with the family of the victims, the Government, and the people of Borno State over the incident.
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