Barring any last minute changes, oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, (PENGASSAN) have threatened to shut down the country on Thursday, July 7, to protest the alleged insensitivity of the Federal Government to resolve some issues affecting the oil and gas sector.
This is just as other members of the oil and gas industry, such as Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), promised to join PENGASSAN in the industrial strike action.
A statement signed by the National Public Relation Office of PENGASSAN, Comrade Emmanuel Ojugbana, read:
“As I speak with you as the PRO of PENGASSAN, the strike will hold (tomorrow). I am not aware of any meeting organised by anybody with our association. Our leaders in various zones are mobilising and it will start midnight today (12am tomorrow).”
He continued: “In the meeting, the gradual method of shutdown was critically examined and adopted by the members.
“The action, which will cripple all activities and operations in the oil and gas sector, will affect all the sub sectors as our members in the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Petroleum Equalisation Fund (Monitoring Board) PEF (MB), Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), oil majors, labour and contract services companies, and petroleum products marketing companies will join in the action”.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige and the Minister of State, Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu are expected to meet with the aggrieved leaderships of PENGASSAN and the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG on Thursday morning to find a way out of the unresolved vexatious issues, a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja said.