Ministers and PENGASSAN meet to avert crisis

MINISTER of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige

MINISTER of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige

EMEKA OKONKWO 
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, and Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, are scheduled to meet leaders of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) later on Friday.

The meeting set for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Towers in Abuja will aim to put a lasting solution to the lingering problems in the oil and gas sector.

Central to the event will be threats by workers in the embark on a strike over the government allegedly frustrating its efforts to resolve issues bothering on the recent disengagement of some of their staff in some oil corporations as well as poor welfare of oil workers.

PENGASSAN is also accusing the government of failing to honor negotiation meetings set up on June 23 and 30 aimed at resolving the issues.

Ngige and Kachikwu appealed for calm ahead of the meeting, which was initially slated for earlier this week but rescheduled because of the extended holiday.

“The Ministers appeals to the entire leadership of PENGASSAN to stay intended strike in view of ongoing negotiations and in the spirit of social dialogue,” Samuel Olowookere, Labour and Employment Deputy spokesperson, said.

Nigeria’s oil and gas industry is suffering the global recession of the sector.

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