Stop redundancy in oil, gas industry -PENGASSAN

Helen Shok Jok, Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, (PENGASSAN) has appealed to the Nigerian Government to stop the growing rate of redundancy in the oil and gas industry in the country.

President PENGASSAN, Francis Johnson, made the appeal while speaking with newsmen at the just concluded 5th Triennial National Delegates’ Conference of the association in Abuja.

In  his words “We demand that the government should stem the wave of redundancies in the oil and gas industry, especially by the International Oil Companies (IOCs) and other service companies.

We have resolved to resist the growing redundancy tendencies in the industry under any guise. We demand that the no process of redundancy shall be undertaken by any management without express involvement of the National Secretariat of the Association.

We therefore demand that the National Petroleum Investment Management Services, (NAPIMS) should  put in place a clear policy statement to address this unfortunate trend in the industry.”

Johnson also frowned at the management of Oil and Gas companies for continuous disobedience to the tripartite agreements reached between their managements, unions and the Government.

He said that oil and gas managers have failed to keep to agreements and directives of the Ministers of Labour and Employment and the Petroleum Resources to ensure job security saying that it was an affront to constituted authorities in the country.

“We call on the managements of Oil and Gas companies in Nigeria to respect the laws of the lands as well as constituted authorities in Nigeria.

We also urge the management to respect duly signed Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA) and ensure that it reduce friction in the industrial landscape of our oil and gas industry,” he said.

On the economy, the PENGASSAN President commended on steps taken by the government to ensure a level of stability in the FOREX policy, which he said has eased the problem of getting foreign exchange for businesses.

He called on government to further enhance the value of the Naira and hasten the implementation of other economic policies that will bring succour to the Nigerian masses and improved standard of living.

He also appealed to government to improve industrialisation in the country to reduce dependence on importation and enhance job creation.

Johnson decried a situation where government keeps distributing money to individuals as a way of reducing unemployment in the country.

Such fund, he advised should be invested in programmes to alleviate suffering of the masses.