Fuel scarcity may worsen as PENGASSAN threatens strike
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Fuel scarcity may worsen as PENGASSAN threatens strike

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) may embark on a strike owing to alleged anti-labour policies by some oil and gas companies.

PENGASSAN has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the federal government to act on its complaints.

The situation, if the threat is carried out, may worsen the current fuel scarcity in the country.

The association, in a statement issued on Thursday, said failure to address the issue would lead to the shutting down of all oil and gas installations and causing disruptions in fuel supply and distribution across the country.

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Specifically, PENGASSAN, in the statement by its General Secretary, Lumumba Okugbawa, accused the federal government of looking the other way while its members were being sacked arbitrarily by oil companies.

The statement reads in part:  “The case of Oildata Services in Port Harcourt and Neconde Energy Ltd (Nestoil) are particularly worrisome…

“We called on regulatory agencies – Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Petroleum Resources to call them to order but this has not been the case.

“Having explored all options… and an apparent failure of relevant authorities of government to call to order these recalcitrant organisations, PENGASSAN gives the federal government and its relevant agencies seven days notice to embark on nationwide strike effective December 18.”