NUPENG seeks EFCC collaboration against illegal oil bunkering 

*NUPENG President, Comrade Williams Akporeha and EFCC Chairman, Ola Olukoyede.


Mkpoikana Udoma –

Port Harcourt — The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has sought the collaboration of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the fight against illegal oil bunkering in the country.

The collaboration was sought when the National President of NUPENG, Comrade Williams Akporeha, led members of his executive council to the corporate headquarters of the anti-graft agency on a courtesy visit.

Akporeha mentioned the challenges involved in the movement of petroleum products across the country, and appealed with the EFCC to always come to the aid of truck drivers experiencing difficulties in the course of their work.

While calling for a partnership with the Commission in sanitizing the oil and gas industry, he also lauded the EFCC Chairman, Ola Olukoyede, for repositioning the anti-graft agency on the path of professionalism.

“I  am not here to patronize you, but your administration has changed the way things were. Before now, when you hear of EFCC what would probably come to your mind is probably the killing of businesses and organizations, but there is a new approach to issues where people now have courage and feel that this is an institution that follows due process.

“Once your hand is clean, you can do genuine business in this country, you will continue to prosper, and I appreciate you for that vision. I can assure you and your team of a solid collaboration of  NUPENG,” he said.

Responding, the EFCC Chairman, Ola Olukoyede, noted that it was important that major players in the oil and gas sector collaborated with the Commission  to confront the economic sabotage going on in the  sector.

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Olukoyede assured NUPENG that the Commission would not arrest or detain any truck or driver who did not dabble into shady deals, noting that the process of profiling arrested suspected oil thieves and evaluation of petroleum products involved are often long drawn.

He said: “It is important for us to come out as Nigerians to eradicate corruption since we all agree that corruption is a cankerworm militating against our progress as a nation. It is also important for us to collaborate and fight that major problem that is limiting our progress.

“As we collaborate from today, if there are members of your association that would want to continue to play hanky-panky, let them know that even their executives would not tolerate sharp practices.

“The  EFCC will continue to work with every stakeholder in the oil and gas sector to ensure sanity in the sector.”

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