Port Harcourt — The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, has lamented the high rate of insecurity in the country, saying that its members were being attacked and kidnapped on daily basis.
To this end, the senior oil workers’ union have called on security agencies in the country to step up efforts aimed at protecting oil workers and members of the public.
Chairman of PENGASSAN, Port Harcourt Zone, Comrade Peter Onita, made the lamentation while speaking in Port Harcourt during the association’s Security Awareness Campaign in the state tagged: ‘Making Nigeria and Nigerians Safer and More Secured.”
Onita, speaking after a visit to the state headquarters of the Rivers State Police Command, Department of State Services and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, said the union had engaged relevant government agencies to ensure that lives of Nigerians were more secured.
He enjoined Nigerians not to leave security in the hands of security agencies alone, but to support the government in protection of lives and property.
“With this awareness, we want the world to know that security is not be left in the hands of security agencies alone, it should be in the hands of everybody.
“Whatever we can do in our own little way, individuals and organisations should contribute what the government is doing.
“As we speak, our members are being kidnapped; as we speak, men and women Nigerians are still being kidnapped, but we know that this awareness will go a long way,” he said.
PENGASSAN also expressed displeasure over the deplorable state of the East-West Road, especially the Eleme-Onne section, describing the recent blockade of the road by Ogoni youths as apt.