Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) on Thursday urged that the Federal Government to take seriously, the threat by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) that oil workers should vacate oil fields and terminals.
Its President, Francis Olabode Johnson, said this at the third Women in PENGASSAN National Conference in Abuja.
His words: “We are having a meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment. In view of the issue on ground, this is something we should take as priority. That kind of threat is not something that should be taken lightly.
“So, I think we are going to put our feet down. Whatever the issue, let government look for a way to fast track everything and discuss so that there can be peace in this country.”
“This is not time for us to start destroying ourselves and our properties and oil installations. We all need to work together as a country so that Nigeria can rise from the ashes of what we are going through”, the PENGASSAN President said.
On the recent negotiations between the Government, NUPENG and PENGASSAN, Olabode disclosed that: “We have been having series of meetings with the government team. But we also want to implore government that a situation that we have agencies and oil companies behaving as if they are more powerful than the government is not acceptable to the union. Everybody in the union is all Nigerians.
“You cannot have an agreement with the minister, standing in for the President of the Federal Republic, and when it’s time to take action, you say no. We only suspended our strike, if these issues are not addressed properly, we may have to resume the strike.
“Though, we don’t like taking that route. That is why we are imploring every agency of government that whatever agreement reached must be respected. We will abide by our side of the agreement but if they are not ready to honour theirs, we will have no choice than to resume.”