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Friday, July 8, 2016

Nigeria Oil Workers Begin Strike


Reports coming into aksu360 newsdesk indicate that the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) did not hold any meeting with representatives of the federal government over its planned national strike, saying the industrial action will go ahead.

PENGASSAN stated in Abuja that no meeting was held yesterday between it and the government at the instance of the Ministries of Petroleum Resources and Labour and Employment as announced the day before by the government.

It said there was no way it could get all its executive members to attend the planned meeting summoned by the government in Abuja because it was a public holiday yesterday.In a bid to avert the strike by oil workers, the government on Wednesday stated that it had scheduled a meeting with the oil workers in the boardroom of the Minister of Petroleum Resources located on the 11th floor of headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The meeting, according to the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Samuel Olowookere, was to discuss the modalities for ending the lingering crisis in the petroleum sector.

But enquiries at the petroleum ministry showed that no such meeting took place. Sources including security officials at the ministry said that they were unaware of the meeting and had nothing in their logbook for expected visitors of either NNPC or the ministry.

One of the security sources at the NNPC said: “If there is any meeting here today we will be told and the details of those to attend will be sent to us in order to ease clearance, but nothing of such was given.



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