Employees of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) staged a protest in Abuja on Tuesday, demanding the payment of overdue allowances and improved working conditions, according to Vanguard.
The protest is being led by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG.
The workers’ grievances arise from several claims regarding delayed pension salary remittances, which are in violation of legal provisions.
In a letter obtained by Vanguard, the workers highlighted various challenges they face, including the lack of adequate office space, furniture, work equipment, electricity, and water supply, especially in their Lagos and Port Harcourt offices.
The Chief Executive of the Commission, Engr. Gbenga Komolafe, assured that most of the raised issues are already being processed and will be addressed promptly. He expressed concerns that the protest might be influenced by individuals opposing the commission’s new regulations on oil theft.
Komolafe further refuted claims of false pension deductions from staff and stated that all pending pension deductions have been settled.
The protesting workers called on the management to prioritize their welfare, as it significantly impacts their productivity and well-being.
The NUPRC plays a vital role in ensuring compliance with petroleum laws, regulations, and guidelines in the Upstream Oil and Gas Sector. Its responsibilities include monitoring operations at drilling sites, producing wells, production platforms, flow stations, crude oil export terminals, and all pipelines carrying crude oil and natural gas.