The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria PENGASSAN has faulted the Federal Government of negligence in the manner it is handling the concerns raised by the union, saying that this is what has led to current situation in the nation.
PENGASSAN President, Festus Osifo, made this allegation today Monday during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily amid the ongoing nationwide strike by the oil workers.
Osifo, who revealed that the members of PENGASSAN have begun strike today, stated that the union made several attempts to resolve the issues raised as a result of the shortfall in workers’ salaries and arrears. “It is negligence on the part of the government representatives, that we are where we are today. We agreed with the government that we should set up a technical committee that will look into these issues one after the other, to be sure that our specific earning in the oil and gas industry is taken care of. At the end of the day, the committee was set up but the government was not committed to it” he said . Read also: Petrol Scarcity Looms – PENGASSAN Warns Nigerians “We fixed a date for a meeting and when our members get there, we will wait from morning till night, and nothing was done. For us in PENGASSAN, we don’t specifically mind the tool that the government will use in paying our salaries, but what we are saying is that any tool that you want to use in paying our salaries must not short-change our members. Today, they have forcefully enrolled our members in NNRA without data capturing and without biometrics. In NNRA today, they paid them the last two months salary via IPPIS and it will shock you to note that most of our members got at least 30 per cent reduction in their pay and a lot of allowances that they earn were nor paid as well”, he added.