Dangote Refinery Seeks Feud Settlement Between NUPENG And PTD

By Clement Alphonsus

The management of Dangote Refinery and Petrochemical Limited has advised the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas and the Petroleum Tanker Drivers leaders to settle the rift between them.

Dangote Refinery at the multi-billion dollar facility advised the two unions to “urgently work together to put their house in order and ensure a harmonious working relationship."

It was gathered that counsel to the PTD, Ekoja Enenche of Enenche & Co., had in a letter to the Executive Director of the refinery disclosed that there was a monumental crisis in the union over an alleged unlawful ouster of its legitimate executives by a segment of the association, urging the management to disregard the rival executives.

But reacting to the letter which was signed by Enenche, the company advised the two unions to resolve all lingering disputes in their rank to avoid disrupting the peaceful work environment at the facility.

It should be recalled that PTD, an arm of NUPENG had in November 2023 threatened to pull out of NUPENG if its National President, Williams Akporeha, and its General Secretary, Afolabi Olawale, failed to resign from their positions.

They had alleged that the NUPENG president lacked the necessary skills to lead the union because he was not a member of the association.

However, the NUPENG secretary had since dismissed the allegation, explaining that the faction that issued the statement were not PTD members.

The struggle between the two groups have continued to linger with no particular end in sight as at the time of filing this report.

Likely, the intervention of Dangote refinery will aid quick resolution of the crisis, as expected.

Dangote refinery, owned by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, is said to be the largest in the world with 1,100km and will handle 3bn standard cubic feet of gas per day.

it is reported that when fully operational, the facility will be Africa’s biggest oil refinery and the world’s biggest single-train facility.

The refinery will process a variety of light and medium grades of crude to produce Euro-V quality clean fuels including gasoline and diesel as well as jet fuel and polypropylene. Recently, it announced that it has started the production of diesel and jet fuel.