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Violence, herdsmen killings threat to foreign investments in Nigeria – NUPENGASSAN

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The two unions in the nation’s oil and gas sector, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have said that the incessant violent killings across the country is threatening direct foreign investments in the country.

Operating under the auspices of NUPENGASSAN, the unions said it was worried over the lack of self-belief by the citizens, who have literally lost confidence in the political leadership, and are involve in criminal activities that jeopardises the existence of the Nigeria nation as a one and indivisible country.

 

Speaking on behalf of the unions, National President of PENGASSAN, Comrade Francis Olabode Johnson said they were deeply disturbed about the incessant violent killings and wanton destruction of lives and properties, especially farm lands as well as threats to the food security base of the country, thereby increasing poverty and hunger in the country.

They expressed concern that the security challenges in the country are threatening foreign direct investment as many international investors can start to misconstrue Nigeria as an unsafe and dangerous investment destination.

NUPENGASSAN said “this equally amounts to the losses these crises have caused many of our members and the psychological and economic damage they have suffered over the years.

“The Council frowns at repeated clashes of similar nature across the country, which obviously is making people become apprehensive because of fear of the unknown.

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“The council-in-session of sheer patriotism calls on the Federal Government and the affected state governments to work together, taking immediate steps to reinvigorate and overhaul their security system, strengthen conflict-resolution mechanisms and initiate longer-term efforts to look into familiar problems of insecurity in their domains.

“As socially responsible stakeholders in the Nigerian project that strongly believes in sanctity of human life, the Council-in-Session therefore appeals to Governments at all levels to jettison cheap politics, hypocrisy and bias. It is high time they empower all our security agencies with the right resources and concentrate more on surveillance, intelligence gathering and intelligence processing with the right technology and equipment.

 

“We want the Government to ensure that people get reprieve from the incessant violence and more importantly create lasting solution whereby lives of citizens are protected as required by the constitution.”

The unions tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) admonish to remain unbiased in the discharge of its statutory responsibilities so that the conduct of the election in the country in 2019 will be credible, transparent, free and fair.

They also asked all political parties and stakeholders in politics to eschew violence and divisive politics through utterances and actions as well as promote virtues that will entrench strong and united Nigeria where socio-economic fortunes of the country will be maximized and sustained.

While condemning the increasing high level of unemployment in the country, NUPENGASSAN said “Even where we have employment, the jobs have become more or less slave labour with no hope for career growth and development.

 

“In almost all multinational oil companies in Nigeria, there are no more direct permanent jobs for the middle level to lower level cadre, which has now become a bigger challenge of increased violent crimes and suicidal migrations.

“We demands that the Government should make positive change employment policies and system, especially in the Oil and Gas Industry. The Government should make it mandatory for every oil and gas company in Nigeria to employ not less than 50% of its employees of middle to junior cadre as direct permanent workers to help indigent and less privileged youths to grow, develop and have hope in the nation and for the future.

They also condemns the increasing impunities and anti labour tendencies of most indigenous and multinational oil companies in the oil and gas industry operating in the country.

The unions said that “a situation is compounded by the fact that the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment that is supposed to be the watchdog in the areas of compliance with extant labour laws is unfortunately handicapped because of poor understanding of the contract processing and workings in the oil and gas industry.”

 

 

The Nation 

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