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Strike: PENGASSAN, NUPENG To Meet FG July 11

Posted: Jul 7, 2016 at 4:47 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) have postponed the meeting with Federal Government over their planned strike till July 11.

Following the development, the unions have put the planned strike on hold.

Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, the South West Chairman, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers stated this in an interview with journalists on Thursday in Lagos.

According to Korodo, the meeting which was scheduled to take place Thursday has been shifted due to public holiday declared by government to mark the Eid-El-Fitr.

The chairman, who is one of NUPENG’s representatives, said that both parties had agreed to meet on Monday, July 11, to deliberate on the issues affecting the unions.

“As a result of this, we have to put the strike which is supposed to commence today on hold to allow for useful deliberations with the government representatives.”

He said that the unions were aware of hardship the strike would cause the general public, adding that this was why the unions had agreed to meet with the Federal Government.

Korodo, however, said that the unions would have no choice than to embark on strike if government did not address labour issues affecting members.

The PENGASSAN had threatened to embark on a nationwide strike beginning from July 7 over some issues, including the alleged mass sacking of its members by various oil and gas companies.

Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, was scheduled to meet with representatives of PENGASSAN on July 7, according to a statement issued on July 6, in Abuja.

The statement, signed by Mr. Samuel Olowookere, the Deputy Director (Press) in the Ministry of Labour said that the “crucial meeting” was being convened to find a lasting solution to problems in the oil and gas sector.

It said that Dr Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, would also attend the meeting scheduled for 10 a.m in Abuja. The meeting will now hold on Friday, July 8, 2016.

In another statement signed by Mr. Samuel Olowookere, the Deputy Director (Press), which was made available to the media in Abuja on Thursday, the ministry stated that the shift in date was in consideration for the season and the national holidays.

The Federal Government had during the week also declared today, Thursday, as a public holiday for the Eid –El-Fitri.

“The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, and the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, will now hold the crucial meeting with PENGASSAN leadership on Friday to put a lasting solution to the lingering problems affecting the oil and gas sector.

“The meeting will hold at the Minister’s Board Room, 11th floor, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, NNPC Towers, Abuja starting at 10 a.m,” it said.

The statement said the ministers appealed to the entire leadership of PENGASSAN to stay action on its proposed strike in view of the ongoing negotiations and in the spirit of social dialogue.