PENGASSAN commences nationwide strike

*An oil industry worker inspecting a flow line.

*An oil industry worker inspecting a flow line.

Kunle Kalejaye

07 July 2016, Sweetcrude, Lagos — Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN on Wednesday insisted that it will go ahead with the planned nationwide strike scheduled to commence today.

PENGASSAN said members in all it four zones met on Tuesday to fine-tune strategies and modalities for the industrial action while key officer met today where the method of the shutdown was examined and adopted.

National Public Relations Officer of PENGASSAN, comrade Emmanuel Ojugbana in a statement said: “Sequel to the memo to all chairmen and secretaries in the four zones and branches on the planned shutdown of the operations and activities in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria, all is now set for the strike.

“Members met in all the zones to fine-tune the strategies and modalities for the strike on Tuesday, while key officers had their meeting on Wednesday. In the meeting, the gradual method of shut-down was critical examined and adopted by the members.”

Comrade Ojugbana noted that the action, which will cripple all activities and operations in the oil and gas sector, will affect all the sub-sectors as their 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.

“We strongly appeal for understanding of all Nigerians and operators that will be impacted by the action.

“The industrial action is critical to the survival of the oil and gas industry, which currently is the mainstay of the nation’s economy,” Ojugbana stated.

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