The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have formally requested President Bola Tinubu to initiate a high-level investigation into allegations that International Oil Companies (IOCs) are attempting to undermine and destabilize the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals.

In a letter addressed to the President through his Chief of Staff, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, dated July 1, 2024, the unions emphasized the need for transparency and public trust, demanding that the findings of the investigation be made public. The letter, signed by NUPENG’s General Secretary, Afolabi Olawale, and PENGASSAN’s counterpart, Lumumba Okugbawa, expressed their support for the President’s economic policies while voicing their concerns over the alleged sabotage.

“The leadership and members of our great Union and Association profoundly appreciate your commitment and dedication to restoring the economic growth and prosperity of our dear nation. We are fully mobilized and committed to supporting all your laudable thoughts and hard decisions towards these lofty goals,” the letter stated.

The unions highlighted allegations by the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals Company, which accused certain IOCs of obstructing their operations by denying crude oil supply and inflating market prices. This has reportedly forced Dangote Refinery to source crude oil from other countries, including the United States, leading to increased operating costs and logistical challenges.

“The Dangote Refinery is not only a critical national asset but also a beacon of hope for our energy security, economic growth, and employment opportunities. The economic benefits of a local refinery with such capacity as Dangote’s to Nigeria cannot be overstated,” the unions said.

NUPENG and PENGASSAN outlined their demands, calling for an immediate and comprehensive investigation by the Federal Government into the claims of sabotage. They stressed the importance of making the findings public to ensure transparency and maintain public trust. The unions also urged the Government to take decisive legal action against any entities found guilty of economic sabotage, including sanctions and penalties. Furthermore, they called for all necessary support to be provided to ensure the uninterrupted commencement and operation of the Dangote Refinery, including ensuring security and stability around its operations.

The letter concluded with a plea for decisive action from the Presidency to safeguard the Dangote Refinery and ensure its successful operation for the nation’s benefit. “Protecting our national assets is our collective responsibility. Thank you for your attention to this matter,” the unions stated.