The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Workers (NUPENG) has allayed the fear of possible increase of petroleum products pump prices in the forthcoming yuletide period.
NUPENG leadership said it would resist any attempt by the Federal Government to increase Pump prices within the season as was commonly experienced in the past.
National President of NUPENG, Comrade Igwe Achese, gave the assurance Saturday at the 14th memorial thanksgiving service of his mother, Mrs Tamunoibuomi Bereiweriso, in Ogoloma, Okirika local government area of Rivers State.
Noting that yuletide is a period of joy and celebration, the NUPENG boss said increasing fuel price at such a season is anti-people especially during the prevailing recession era.
Taking a swipe at the Federal Government under the present administration, Achese said none of the several promises by the federal government during the last increase in fuel pump price in May has been fulfilled.
“They said they needed money for Turn Around Maintenance (TAM), they said they wanted to repair the refineries. But as we speak, the four refineries are not working optimally.
“It is sad, I am a member of the Palliative Committee but uptill now, nothing has happened, so, my answer to any increase, is no. We won’t allow that to happen.”
Igwe also condemned the sack of workers in the oil and gas industry, noting that the numerous sacks cannot be justifiable.
He urged the government to do more in regulating the activities of multinational oil companies laying off workers.