Convergence: PENGASSAN And NUPENG Members Protest Planned Sale Of Refineries

Convergence: PENGASSAN And NUPENG Members Protest Planned Sale Of Refineries

By Felix Ojong | Sports Reporter on December 12, 2013
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Diezani Alison-Madueke
Diezani K. Alison-Madueke, Minister of Petroleum Resources of Nigeria, captured during Women as Africa's Way Forward Session at the World Economic Forum on Africa held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 9-11 May, 2012. | WEF/Flickr

ABUJA – Staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Abuja on Thursday December 12th 2013 protested against the proposed sale of the nation’s refineries. About 200 staff under the aegis of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) and National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG)  gathered within the premises of NNPC  as early as 8:30am singing solidarity songs.

The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, is reported to have said  that the privatisation process would be completed before the first quarter of 2014.

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Protesters at NNPC Abuja

The protesters wearing red shirts and red caps were led by the NNPC PENGASSAN Group Chairman, Sanusi Abdulkareem, and NUPENG Group chairman, Richard Otuvwere.

Some of the Placards read, ‘We say no to illegal sale of our refineries, we cannot be fooled anymore’, ‘Hide not under privatisation to hijack our refineries’.

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