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The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria has highlighted the need for the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill before the end of the current administration.

The President, PENGASSAN, Mr Francis Olabode, while speaking at the National Executive Council meeting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, on Thursday, noted that the PIB had suffered delays over the years.

Olabode said, “This bill, which started as the Oil and Gas Sector Reform Implementation Committee report, has been on for 18 years now since April 2000. It has gone through various stages with the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill at the forefront now.

“We call on the government (both the executive and legislative arms) to ensure that this bill is passed before the expiration of the tenure of this administration in order to have investors’ confidence in our industry.”

He expressed concern over casualisation, contract staffing and outsourcing in the nation’s oil and gas industry, saying, “We will continue to engage various stakeholders in ensuring that this menace is adequately resolved in the larger interest of our members.”

Olabode noted that in order to cut cost, most companies, especially the indigenous ones, had “resorted to underhand tactics in the practice of labour-management relations.”

“Some of these include prevention of members from unionising, disrespect for signed collective bargaining agreements and intimidation and victimisation of union leaders and members,” he added.

He said the association commended the efforts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in ensuring an adequate supply of the Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) this year.

Olabode said, “We call on the government to intensify efforts at increasing local refining and remove all encumbrances to the full rehabilitation of all the refineries.

“Over time, we have raised concerns about the deplorable state of our refineries and depots and called for sustainable and workable interventions, especially by incorporating more private investors into refining, as the current business model is no longer sustainable. punch


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