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.
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’.