Fuel Scarcity Looms As PENGASSAN Plans Indefinite Strike – The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) is set to embark on an indefinite strike action.
The strike action, which is reportedly set to begin on Wednesday, is over State Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu and his alleged high-handedness is operating the ministry.
According to reports, PENGASSAN’s national leadership met in Kaduna to discuss how to begin the strike immediately after the upcoming Sallah holidays. Some of PENGASSAN’s issues with Kachikwu include the Federal Government’s failure to fund its Joint Venture Companies (JVC) with multi national oil companies, and the transfer all the management staff of the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) to Abuja since last year.
“Already, the multi nationals are threatening to lay off staff and this will affect our members mostly. You will recall that we had embarked on a warning strike sometimes back but the issues have not been addressed,” Sunday Telegraph quotes a source inside PENGASSAN.
“The management style of Kachikwu has pitched him against most senior Staff and experts in the Industry. The management staff of PPMC are redundant in Abuja because they have nothing to do , having been deployed there without any clear cut reason for doing so.”