Oil workers under the aegis of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), say they were not behind crude oil theft in the country.
The workers, who spoke against the backdrop of recent allegation leveled against them by the special adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, accused politicians and influential people of perpetrating the heinous act.
Reacting to a statement published by a national newspaper on July 17, 2013 titled: “Oil workers are the ones stealing crude oil,” which was credited to the Special Adviser, the workers described the statement as unimaginable, unguided, mischievous and uncouth of a Presidential Adviser.
The workers expressed their grievances in a statement by their General-Secretaries, Comrade Bayo Olowoshile and Comrade Isaac Abarare.
They alleged that the criminal activities of crude oil theft were perpetrated by highly placed and influential individuals and politicians, adding that Kuku “is only being economical with the truth and trying to cover up with his allegation against the workers.”