10 September 2015, Abuja – Former President of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, and immediate past Employees Relations Manager, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Brown Ogbeifun, has called on both managements and oil workers to collaborate to stay afloat amidst the global challenges especially drop in crude oil prices.
Speaking at a social gathering organised by the Oil Producers’ Trade Section, OPTS, to mark his retirement as the Manager, Employees Relations (ER) NNPC, Ogbeifun said the collaboration was necessary for operating companies in the nation’s oil and gas to weather the storm of the dwindling business as a result of slump in oil prices.
He said there was need for unions and managements to think outside the box to explore ways that could guarantee their organisation’s future, noting that while managements should evolve a system of inclusiveness and reach the unions with truth, the union should also consider the their managements and prevailing global situation in their actions.
The former PENGASSAN President, who emphasised the need for service to the good of the general society, noted that unfolding events in the global oil market were source for concern and warranted both managements and labour to develop strategies of survival.
According to him, “The slump in the global oil prices, the entrance of some countries such as Iran into the oil market, the glut and entrance of the United States of America (USA) and Australia into the global gas market coupled with local problems of crude oil theft, continuous pipeline vandalism and corruption have greatly impacted on the industry.