The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, has urged the Federal Government to stop the Nigerian Navy from destroying refining sites tagged “illegal” in the Niger-Delta.
The NULGE President, Mr Ambali Olatunji, made this appeal at a news conference to mark the end of its National Executive Council, NEC, meeting on Wednesday in Abuja.
Olatunji disclosed that NEC-in-Session resolved that the union should call President Bola Tinubu to prevail on the Nigerian Navy to stop destroying some refining sites in the Niger Delta region.
“Destroying those sites has no benefits whatsoever for the country’s oil and gas sector as well as for Nigerians at large.
“Instead of destroying those refining sites, they should be licensed properly and mandated to pay taxes.
“This will create job opportunities and be sources of revenue earnings”, he said.
Olatunji also called on the Federal Government to consider licensing more modular refineries that have the capacity to refine crude oil.
“If the multinationals are leaving the country, we should encourage individuals that are willing and capable to do it in Nigeria.
“If we can work on those areas, coupled with minimum wage, the effects of fuel subsidy removal will go down”, he said.
The NULGE President also stated that NEC-in-Session took note of the hardship occasioned by fuel subsidy removal.
He therefore called on the President to mitigate the effects by creating Compress Natural Gas Centres across the country.
Olatunji also called on the President and the Tripartite Committee on minimum wage to arrive at on acceptable minimum wage for workers
On security, he urged the Federal Government to allow the Local Government to implement community policing in protecting lives and property of the citizens within their jurisdiction.