FG, oil sector stakeholders resolve to prevent future strikes

NUPENGIn a move aimed at promoting industrial harmony, the federal government and stakeholders in the oil and gas sector have adopted a 12- point resolution to address issues which led to the recent strike and forestall future occurrences.

The meeting which held at the NNPC Towers Wednesday, was jointly conveyed by the ministers of petroleum resources, Mrs.Diezani Alison-Madueke and her labour and productivity counterpart, EmekaWogu, with the group managing director of the NNPC, Mr. Andrew Yakubu, also in attendance.

Also present were the National President, Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, (NUPENG), Igwe Achese, President of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), Babatunde Ogun, National Deputy President of the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Ayoola Sadiq, as well as the representative of the IOCs under the  Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS).

On the issue of insecurity, pipeline vandalism and oil theft, the forum announced that government has put in place a committee to x-ray the issues while stating that PENGASSAN and NUPENG   would  be further engaged by all the relevant government agencies and other security institutions on the progress being made.

The issue of bad road, according to a statement by the NNPC yesterday, the forum said was  being addressed by applying resources from the SURE – P, while the poor access road to the Port Harcourt refinery would be captured in the on-going reconstruction of the East – West road.

On the issue of unfair labour practice, it was resolved that the unions should submit the list of  all  unfair labour practices  to the 13-man committee headed by  the permanent secretary, ministry of petroleum resources, while all other transition issues would be referred to the NNPC GMD’s committee as had been mandated by the secretary to the government of the federation for resolutions within two weeks.

On the alleged breaches of the Guidelines on Contract Staffing and Outsourcing in the Oil and Gas sector, the trade unions were encouraged to make available specific cases on such breaches to the 13 – man committee and the federal ministry of labour and productivity.

Commenting on the resolutions, Achese commended the GMD of NNPC for his role in ensuring industrial harmony in the sector.

Information from Leadership was used in this report.
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