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PENGASSAN Insists On Strike As Dialogue With FG Continues Today

Posted: Jul 12, 2016 at 6:19 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


Abuja – The meeting called at the instance of Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum pp Resources, to broker peace with members of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) ended in an inconclusive note on Monday.

But stakeholders, which included Senator Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment; the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), among others, are expected to continue the meeting today in Abuja.
The meeting is scheduled for 2p.m while all the stakeholders are expected to converge at the Ministry of Labour and Employment located at the Federal Secretariat in Abuja.

Olabode Johnson, PENGASSAN President, who spoke on the adjournment, said “We did not adjourn the meeting because the meeting was deadlocked. We had to push it forward to tomorrow (today) because we wanted to fine-tune the areas of discussion.

“The issues we discussed included the need to curb the anti-labour practices in the sector and the payment of cash calls, including the way going forward.
“We also discussed the rehabilitation of the roads that lead to the Warri refinery as well as that of the Mosimi. We also deliberated on the PIB and the need for government to move quickly to ensure its passage,” he said.

The PENGASSAN president also disclosed that members constituting the National Executive Council (NEC) of the union are expected to meet in Abuja shortly after the meeting with government today to deliberate on the outcome of the meeting.

“We have sent letters of invitation to our NEC members to a meeting in Abuja for tomorrow (today). The meeting is called in order for the organ to deliberate on the outcome of our parley with government.

“The NEC will meet after the meeting with the Federal Government team to examine the outcome of the meeting and then take a decision on the on-going strike action by PENGASSAN,” Johnson said.

He insisted that the strike called by the union continues today, even as the parley with government gets underway.
PENGASSAN is agitating for the implementation of agreements contained in May 12, 2016 communiqué as reasons for calling the strike.

It listed some of the issues to include lingering irregular joint venture funding and cash call payment arrears, lack of a clear cut direction on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), forceful cooption of government agencies in the industry into the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS), and spate of redundancy and retrenchment in the industry.