PENGASSAN rejects proposed PIB, says Its anti-labour

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Senior oil workers, under the auspices of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), have condemned the proposed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), describing it as anti-labour.The workers vowed to resist the plan by the Nigerian government to retrench workers, especially employees of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as a result of the restructuring in the proposed PIB.

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A statement by the union on Wednesday in Lagos argued that the planned sack was not in tandem with the “change� that the Government promised Nigerians, especially in the area of job creation.

Reacting to the official release of the proposed draft institutional and legal frameworks for reforms in the oil and gas industry by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, who is also Group Managing Director (GMD) of the NNPC, the PENGASSAN acting General Secretary, Comrade Lumumba Okugbawa, noted that the provisions in the proposed PIB are not only anti-labour but also not in the national interest.

The PENGASSAN scribe, who commended the renewed effort by the Minister to rejuvenate the reforms after several failed attempts in the past, noted that PENGASSAN has always been in support of the reforms in the oil and gas industry but with a caveat that it must be transparently done to make sure that stakeholders in the oil and gas industry are carried along.

He, however, added that the PENGASSAN would not support any reforms that jeopardises the welfare of its members, noting that the restructuring will be resisted if it negatively affects the Association’ members.

On the planned to sack half of the current NNPC’s employees, Comrade Okugbawa said that the plan if carried out will further compound the unemployment situation in the country, adding that there is nothing wrong with the unbundling of the NNPC to bring about greater efficiency and effectiveness, adding that the unbundling and repositioning of the corporation should be done with human face.

“We have said on many occasions that the problem of the NNPC is not the workers but the high level of political interference in the corporation and we are satisfied that the current government has promised to give the corporation free hand to operate for better service delivery to the Nigerian nation,” the statement added.

Babatunde Akinsola
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Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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