Another round of fuel scarcity looms as President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, September 2, was issued a threat letter from Oil workers, under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN.
According to the union, the federal government has for over a month, not kept to the agreement signed by both parties and as such may be compelled to using a strike action to press home their demand.
It could be recalled that the federal government had entered an agreement with the union, over the unlawful sack of oil workers by major oil companies.
With the oil companies yet to comply with the agreements reached, PENGASSAN in a letter dated on Friday, to the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, for onward transmittal to the President, urged the federal government to compel the oil companies to keep to the agreements, in order to avert another round of nationwide strike.
The Acting General Secretary of the Union, Lumumba Okugbawa, lamenting the undue hardship its members had been subjected to by oil companies.
Part of the letter reads: “It is over a month now since the last Communique was reached and we can say in summation that no much progress has been achieved.
“This of course is making our members restive and we are under tremendous pressure to bring about a total resolution on all the contending issues.
“We are constrained therefore to note with great dismay that most of the companies are foot-dragging and have resorted to time-wasting tactics in order to deliberately frustrate the process.
“We are therefore, based on the above, requesting that you use your good office to intervene by calling on the managements of these companies to quickly implement these resolutions as it affects them.
”Else we will be left with no alternative than to succumb to the pressure from our members and do what needs to be done in furtherance of our mandate,” PENGASSAN said.