Labour congress under the aegis of United Labour Congress (ULC) called for negotiation, plea bargain and dialogue between the Nigeria government and the chairman/CEO of Capital Oil and Gas Ltd, Ifeanyi Ubah and the government agency the Department of State Services (DSS) over oil conflict and court case instituted against the Ifeanyi Ubah boadering on alleged purported illegal sale of petroleum products belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and alleged diversion of over 80 million litres of petrol amounting to N11billion.
Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, the Chairman of Lagos State Council of the ULC, made the appeal in a statement in the city of Lagos, Nigeria on Friday 26 day of May 2017.
The Chairman of the union disclosed that the oil products in disputes were stored in the Capital Oil and Gas company’s tank farm by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
That the attention of the ULC had been drawn to the impending jobs losses in the company which cut across Nigeria due to the unresolved conflict of interest between the FGN, DSS and the Ifeanyi Ubah the CEO of Capital Oil and Gas Ltd.
Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo further reiterates the important of jobs creation to the youths of the country as follows:
“We are aware of government’s promise of jobs to Nigerians during the electioneering campaigns with the desire to tackle unemployment once and for all.
“But what we are witnessing now is a departure from the promise the ruling government made to the good people of this great country in terms of job creation.”
“Much as we do not support acts of corruption and diversion of public funds, we are of the opinion that government should not deny citizens the right of free movement and space to prove their innocence.
“The continuous detention of Chief Ifeayin Ubah without having been found guilty of the purported offence by a court of law is to cripple the company.
“We appeal to Federal Government to negotiate the terms of settlement and save the jobs of 2,000 workers including tanker drivers and other auxiliary workers within the depot.
“Records have it that the company employed over 2,000 workers and this to us in ULC, Lagos State Council, a big support to the Federal Government’s quest for jobs creation.”
The union pleaded and urged the government to release the CEO Ubah to afford him unlimited access to proper legal assistance and defend himself accordingly.
The detention of Chief Ifeanyi Ubah, CEO of Capital Oil and Gas by the Department of State Security (DSS) an agency of Federal Government of Nigeria has received condemnation despites competent court order for the Ifeanyi Ubah release order.