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Petrol scarcity looms as PENGASSAN down tools

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Oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria were ordered to down tools nationwide.

This action might result to Nigeria facing scarcity of petrol in the coming days.

It was, however, gathered on Monday evening that the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment reached out to the oil workers and invited the association’s leaders to a meeting in Abuja.

The order was issued in a letter, dated November 8, 2020, and signed by the General Secretary, PENGASSAN, Lumumba Okugbawa, which was also copied to the Central Working Committee members of the association.

Okugbawa told our correspondent in Abuja that the strike was to kick against the failure of government to make any concrete move as regards the differences between PENGASSAN and government on matters bordering on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.

“Yes I signed the letter and it is from the association to all branch chairmen but up till this minute, we’ve not received any word from government on the issues of concern,” he said on Monday morning.

The letter to all branch chairmen of PENGASSAN was titled ‘Re: Breach in agreement on IPPIS implementation and redundancy in Baker Hughes’.

It read in part, “We refer to the above letter dated November 2, 2020 where we gave seven-day ultimatum and further extension to the relevant government agencies and institutions.

“Regrettably and upon the expiration of the ultimatum, nothing concrete has been done with regards to the outstanding issues as enumerated in the letter.

“In view of the above and with the expiration of the ultimatum and subsequent extension, you are hereby advised to withdraw services effective midnight on Sunday November 8, 2020.

“All zonal offices are to monitor compliance and report same to the national secretariat,” PENGASSAN stated in its letter.

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