-Gives FG 14 days ultimatum to recall sacked exco members
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Abuja
Oil workers under the aegis of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, have threatened to shut down the economy indefinitely, if the management of Total Exploration and Production, TOTAL E&P, refused to recall sacked members of the unions within 14 days.
The unions, after their joint National Executive Council, NEC, meeting in Abuja, also told the National Assembly to pass the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, without further delay.
The two unions promised to bring all their members to the streets if nothing was done to tackle security challenges in the country as well as the poor state of roads especially at their operational base.
NUPENG National President Comrade Igwe Achese, and his PENGASSAN, counterpart Comrade Francis Johnson, during a media briefing, frowned at what they described as an impunity by oil companies operating in the country, and waned that if after 14 days nothing was done to reverse the sack of their members as well as the transfer of some executive members of the unions, they would be left with no option than to embark on total economic shutdown.
They said, “All these are issues we have discussed and we have said that minus the issue of PIB which we are aware that the House will be on recess till December, all these issues we have enumerated should be addressed within 14 days, failure which, the Joint NEC of NUPENG and PENGASSAN has mandated and directed that we should go on a total shut down of the economy.
“The termination of our members and the transfer of our national officers, the key issue is the transfer and termination of the national zonal secretary of PENGASSAN, the transfer of Deputy President of NUPENG, the termination of zonal treasury, NUPENG Port Harcourt zone”.