The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior
Staff Association of Nigeria
(PENGASSAN) and NUPENG have
postponed the meeting with Federal
Government over their planned strike till
July 11.
Following the development, the unions
have put the planned strike on hold.
Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, the South West
Chairman, Nigeria Union of Petroleum
and Natural Gas Workers made this
known in an interview with the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in
Lagos.
According to Korodo, the meeting which is
scheduled to take place today (Thursday)
has been shifted due to public holiday
declared by government to mark the Eid-
El-Fitr.
The chairman, who is one of NUPENG’s
representatives, said that both parties had
agreed to meet on Monday, July 11 to
deliberate on the issues affecting the
unions.
“As a result of this, we have to put the
strike which is supposed to commence
today on hold to allow for useful
deliberations with the government
representatives.”
He said that the unions were aware of
hardship the strike would cause the
general public, adding that this was why
the unions had agreed to meet with the
Federal Government.
Korodo, however, said that the unions
would have no choice than to embark on
strike if government did not address
labour issues affecting members.
NAN reports that PENGASSAN had
threatened to embark on a nationwide
strike beginning from July 7 over some
issues, including the alleged mass
sacking of its members by various oil and
gas companies.
NAN also reports that the Minister of
Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris
Ngige was scheduled to meet with
representatives of PENGASSAN on July 7,
according to a statement issued on July
6, in Abuja.
The statement, signed by Mr Samuel
Olowookere, the Deputy Director (Press)
in the Ministry of Labour said that the
“crucial meeting” was being convened to
find a lasting solution to problems in the
oil and gas sector.
It said that the Minister of State for
Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu
would also attend the meeting scheduled
for 10 a.m in Abuja. (NAN)

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