14 November 2012, Sweetcrude, CALABAR – COMRADE Babatunde Ogun, president of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, has urged the Nigerian government to consult with relevant stakeholders on the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, awaiting passage into law at the National Assembly.
He made the call on Tuesday at an oil workers workshop on PIB organised by the PENGASSAN in conjunction with the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, in Calabar.
“Every Nigerian solidly believes that there is need for change. As we speak, we are engaging every stakeholder. The Bill as it is has some challenges that we believe should be addressed by the unions and stakeholders in the oil and gas to add value to it.
“We must not use draconian law to pass the Bill, that is why the unions are saying, let us engage government, bring all stakeholders to look at it and see what happens internationally. As oil and gas workers, we strongly believe that Nigerians must not be shortchanged and that there should be conducive environment for the investors,” he said.
According to Ogun, the worshop was organised to allow members of the two oil industry unions ahre ideas on the matter with other stakeholders.