The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, has threatened to embark on strike if the Federal Government fail to respond to their claim in seven days time.
The association threatened to disrupt the flow of fuel supply and distribution and shutting down of all oil and gas installation in the country from Monday, 18th December 2017.
The General Secretary of PENGASSAN, Lumumba Okugbawa, said the condemnation of Oil and Gas Companies and Marginal Field Operators was one of the resolutions reached during its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of October 13, 2017, held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.
PENGASSAN accused Neconde Energy LTD (of Nestoil Group of companies) of sacking it staff that joined the union and depriving them of human qualities regarding the rule of engagement and the laws of the land.
Okugbawa stated in a statement on Thursday that the actions of companies such as Neconde in the mass sack of Nigerian workers contribute in no small measure to the unending militancy in the Niger Delta. This company has also severally boasted that no government agency can call it to order.
“Having explored all options without getting the necessary understanding, and an apparent failure of relevant authorities of Government to call to order these recalcitrant organizations especially Neconde, PENGASSAN gives the Federal Government and its relevant Agencies seven (7) days’ notice to embark on nationwide strike effective December 18, 2017 if she fails to direct the Management of Neconde and other companies to recall our sacked members as the only option to address this injustice and lawlessness.
PENGASSAN appeals to all Nigerians to show understanding and to use this window to stockpile adequate quantity of premium motor spirit (PMS) and other petroleum products that will last them during the upcoming festive period as this strike will be indefinite.