The National Executive Council (NEC) of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) has on Tuesday March 13, 2018 fixed April 6, 2018 for elections into the leadership position of the union, this digital news medium can confirm.
It is no longer news that the powerful oil union was conspicuously found in open critical observation last week when one of its arms, Petroleum Tanker Driver (PTD) raised concerns over alleged elongation of the current leadership of the union led by Comrade Achese Igwe.
Comrade Salimon Oladiti, the National Chairman (PTD) and Comrade Sunday Ochibejivwe, National Secretary of PTD, a branch of NUPENG, said, “after we have thoroughly and carefully, x-rayed and painstakingly examined the recent unfolding developments in the union, we are deeply constrained to write that to avoid the looming and brewing crisis in the union, there is need to urgently set a process of convening the union National Delegates Conference on or before March 26, 2018, that has long been overdue.”
They stated further that “We are all aware that Comrade Igwe Achese and his team of National Executive Council were elected and duly sworn in December 2009 for the first term of four years and re-elected again in October 2013 at the Presidential Hotel, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State for the tenure of four years for the second term.
The PTD had also called on NUPENG’s leadership to urgently set a process of convening the union’s national delegate conference on or before March 26, 2018.
Achese’s two terms tenure expired in October last year but extended for another three months ended in January, 2018 for preparation for the conference earlier slated for January 12, 2018.
The delegate conference however, did not hold.
However, Comrade Achese decried the issue of tenure extension, adding that it is constitutional to take a three-month notice or six-month notice to organise the Delegate Conference.
“Of course, our tenure ended this December 2017and at the NEC meeting, it was decided that the Delegate conference will hold on the 6th of April, 2018,” he said.
He said that the Union is united, intact, and there is no crisis despite that the fifth columnists looking for ways to infiltrate into the Union, adding that the Association is a brand that promotes unity.
Others who were present at the Tuesday meeting where the decision was taken were the elders of the union which included Chief Frank Kokori (former General Secretary of NUPENG) , Hon (Comrade) Joseph Akinlaja (former Secretary General of NUPENG), Hon. (Comrade) Peter Akpatason (former President of NUPENG), and Comrade Fineface Omeme (Former Treasurer of NUPENG). They all extolled the virtues of the union and urged all members to eschew discord and work towards strengthening the union in the interest of its members and Nigeria at large.