PENGASSAN’s nationwide strike heightening fears of fuel scarcity in Nigeria

*Our members are sitting at home and we will continually watch the situation and if we need to rev it up ─Festus Osifo, PENGASSAN President

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Following the inability of the Federal Government to address the issues raised by the oil and gas workers in the country, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has declared a countrywide industrial action, a development currently amplifying fears of fuel scarcity soon.

Festus Osifo, President of PENGASSAN, who stated the union’s position during his appearance on a Channels TV programme, Monday said: “Today (yesterday), PENGASSAN has declared a strike.

“Our members are sitting at home and we will continually watch the situation and if we need to rev it up, we will definitely rev it up.”

The PENGASSAN Chief stated the strike resulted from the inability of the Federal Government to address the issues earlier raised by the oil and gas workers in Nigeria.

The union had given the government a seven-day ultimatum in a statement issued penultimate Monday to respond to the issues, said he.

According to Osifo, another issue of concern to the union is in regard to the action of a private oil company which he accused of destroying PENGASSAN structure in its workforce.

He maintained that the Management of the company sacked literarily all union executive members and went ahead to lock members out for a very long time.

He disclosed that the issues raised by the oil and gas workers followed the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, by the government regarding the payment of salaries.

The union, however, insisted though it didn’t have preference for any tool used by the government to pay salaries, workers’ remuneration must be paid without any shortfall.

Osifo decried that the arrears and allowances of some union members that were seized sometimes in the year in organisations such as the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI); Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA); Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA); and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).

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