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Petroleum and Gas Workers Embark of MAss Protest In Lagos and Portharcourt….. + How General Electric Owes Arco Workers Millions…

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Workers in the petroleum and gas sector have threatened to embark on an industrial action to protest the abuse of court order and the Nigerian local content law by the Nigeria Agip Oil Company.

 

The workers, under the auspices of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, made this known in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

 

In a statement jointly signed by the Port Harcourt Zonal Chairman of NUPENG, Godwin Eruba, and his PENGASSAN counterpart, Azubuike Azubuike, the unions also called for immediate payment of the overhaul allowance of Arco workers, which accumulated between 2007 and 2012 at OB/OB, Ebocha and Kwale gas plants.

 

“NUPENG and PENGASSAN strongly condemn the quit order given to Arco Petroleum (Nigeria) Plc by NAOC to vacate their plants at OB/OB, Ebocha and Kwale with immediate effect to give way for Plantgeria (Nigeria) Limited, to take over the plant,” the statement reads.

 

“The unions hereby make reference to a subsisting Federal High Court injunction barring NAOC from taking any action till October 26, 2015 when the case is to come up for hearing.

 

“The unions hereby draw the attention of both Federal and Rivers State Governments on the plight of Arco workers, whose entitlements of over nine years are at stake, if NAOC management carries out this inhuman order.

 

“Both Unions hereby call on General Electric (GE) to immediately pay the Arco workers their overhaul allowance which was accumulated between 2007 to 2012, at OB/OB, Ebocha and Kwale Gas plants.”

 

The unions noted that during a meeting held at the instance of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity in Abuja, Agip had agreed to pay the accumulated allowances.

 

They also called on Arco to immediately put all machineries in motion to pay their members their accrued nine years terminal entitlements, saying that the workers would not vacate the gas plants until they are paid.

 

“Both unions hereby resolve that if NAOC is not called to order to rescind its decision and follow due process as required by law, which include demobilization, if and when Arco is to leave the contract, the unions will have no option than to embark on a zonal industrial action to address the injustice meted out to our members,” the groups vowed.

 

The two unions also expressed anger over the ordered issued by Agip for Arco to vacate the OB/OB, Ebocha and Kwale plants to pave way for a new contractor, Plantgeria, to take over the maintenance of the facilities.

 

They vowed to take every lawful measure to ensure that the Italian oil firm does not rubbish the Nigerian judiciary and the country’s local content law.

 

The unions called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nyesom Wike to intervene and ensure that Agip respects the Nigerian law.

 

While they would not be willing to ground the nation’s economy, the unions said they would not hesitate to order their members to down tools if Agip violates the injunction of the court.

 

The Italian oil giant Agip and Arco, a foremost Nigerian oil and gas firm, have been locked in prolonged dispute over the maintenance contract for OB/OB, Ebocha and Kwale gas plants.

 

Arco had dragged Agip, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Conoco Philips Petroleum Nigeria Limited, and the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) to court early in the year, stating that under the Nigeria Content Act, Agip was under obligation to it, in the award maintenance contract of OB/OB, Ebocha and Kwale gas plants.

 

Having successfully maintained the OB/OB, Ebocha and Kwale gas facilities for many years, Arco had averred that it had the prescribed equipment, machines and skilled manpower to execute the contract and further prayed the court to grant it several other declarative and injunctive reliefs.

 

But Justice Akanbi had expressly directed parties to the case to maintain the status quo in the maintenance contract dispute for which he had previously ordered Agip to stay action until motion on notice was determined.

 

He also adjourned the case to October 26, for determination of jurisdiction.

 

But on Tuesday, the Chairman of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASAN, Arco Chapter, Clinton Amadike, said his colleagues were ordered out of the gas plant in Omoku, Rivers State.

 

Mr. Amadike said Agip, through a Joint Venture Partner, General Electric, gave the order after staff of the indigenous oil company reported for work.

 

“Agip has violated the court order. They have asked our staff to surrender operations to Plantgeria,” the union leader said.

 

“GE is the company that is supervising the contract. Once GE gives orders, Arco obeys. But we are asked to stay out of the process.  We don’t know what will happen tomorrow. We don’t know whether they will allow us into the plant.

 

“Our staff are currently in confinement. We have locked ourselves inside the workshop to prevent any form of harassment either by NAOIC and security operatives at the plant.”

 

But reacting to the development, Mr. Sagay said strongly argued that nobody has the right to disobey the order the court.

 

“Nobody or entity or organisation has the right to disobey the order of a court in Nigeria. A court order is binding until it is vacated by that court that granted it or a superior court,” said the legal luminary.

 

“Unless that happens, the court order is binding and must be respected. Anyone who refuses to carry out that order is guilty of contempt of court.

 

“And from the facts of the matter, if there is no contrary court order from a higher court then obviously Agip is guilty of contempt of court and what it is doing is illegal.’

 

On the recurrent case of disobedience to court orders by some multinationals operating in the country, Mr. Sagay advised interested parties to commit the leaders of the offending companies to jail.

 

He insisted that the managing director of the Italian oil firm should be committed to prison to serve as a deterrent to others.

 

On his part, Mr. Hon said, urged the court to commit the leadership of Agip to prison for disobeying a legitimate order of the court.

 

“If any action has been after the court had issued an injunction, it means Agip is in contempt of court and its leadership should be held responsible. The judicial powers of the Federation are vested in the courts and the rule of law has also been established in the prosecution,” Mr. Hon said.

 

“Nobody is above the law and no organisation should operate in such a way as to be seen to be above the law.

 

“If indeed Agip has flouted the court order, the affected party should urgently take steps to reverse it through restorative injunction. The court has the powers to restore what Agip has caused to be done wrongly.

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My son’s death a test from God – Heartbroken Gov. Sule

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Heartbroken Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State on Friday said the death of his son, Hassan, is a test from God.

Hassan, 36, died on Thursday after a brief illness.

He spoke while receiving condolences at the palace of his father, the Sarkin Gudi, Alhaji Sule Bawa, in Akwanga LGA.

Sule said he was the one consoling somebody who lost his nine children and 70 cows the previous day and that today God decided to test him, to see whether he was sincere in consoling that bereaved father.

“This is my time to be tested. I see this as a test from God. I was the person consoling somebody that lost his 9 children and 70 cows yesterday, and today God decided to test me, to see whether I was sincere in consoling that bereaved father,” he said in a report by The Punch.

According to him, his son grew up carrying all his siblings along, saying that it was only God that has the power to take him away.

Sule added that his son was the one taking decisions on their businesses, saying that he was always on hand to advice him on what next to do, as his schedule would not allow him to run any business.

The governor insisted that God took him away to test hi resilience and faith.

“God didn’t seek my advice when he gave Hassan to me and he will not seek my advice when he takes him away,” he said.

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Senate summons Kyari, CEO NNPCL over N48 billion pipeline surveillance contract awarded to Tompolo

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The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions has summoned the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mr. Mele Kyari, over a N48 billion pipeline surveillance contract awarded to stakeholders in the Niger Delta region.
The pipeline surveillance contract was awarded by the Federal Government to Global West Vessel Specialist Limited, a private maritime security firm founded by Government Ekpemupolo, an erstwhile Commander of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) also known as Tompolo.

The Tompolo-owned firm was expected to protect all the oil pipelines criss-crossing nearly all the states in the Niger Delta in collaboration with other major stakeholders in the oil bearing communities in the region.
Specifically, Tompolo is expected to carry out the N4 billion per month contract that covers Delta, Ondo, Imo, Rivers and some parts of Bayelsa State in collaboration with major tribes along the communities that host the oil pipelines.

However the Isoko Ethnic Nationality has petitioned the Senate alleging that their young men were not being carried along in the multi-billion naira project.

The Isoko people under the auspices of Interested Isoko Youth Groups, through a petition sent to the Senate on their behalf by Stanley Okonmah, said they were completely marginalised in the contract award.
The lsoko Ethnic Nationality requested the Senate to probe the award of the contract and prevail on the NNPCL’s management to award a fresh contract to a company owned by an Isoko person.

Specifically, the people urged the Senate to look into the matter and urged the Minister of Petroleum Resources and the Group Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) to correct the anomaly.

They want the NNPCL to award the pipeline surveillance contract to a company to be chosen by stakeholders of Isoko nation.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Ayo Akinyelure (PDP – Ondo Central), at a session in Abuja, said the GCEO of the NNPCL was being summoned to the Senate for him to come and assure the Isoko people that the agency would do the needful to avoid economic sabotage by the aggrieved youths of the area.
He said, “The GCEO of the NNPCL is hereby summoned by the Senate Committee on Ethics Privileges and Public Petitions (to appear before this committee) on January 25.

“We want him to come and assure Nigerians that he would do the needful to calm down the youths so that they will not engage in pipeline vandalism.”

Earlier, the leadership of the Isoko youths told the panel that since oil was discovered in their land and pipelines installed there in 1958, till date, no case of vandalism had been recorded in the area.

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Confusion at Lagos Airport as Workers Embark On Strike…… Passengers Stranded!(Photos)

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Several passengers were stranded this morning at the Murtala Mohammed International airport as airport workers began strike starting from midnight.

passengers were spotted all around with airlines having little information on the way forward.

for instance, virgin Atlantic passengers that were due for London trip this morning were helpless as many had to reschedule their flights and many left loitering around

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