The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has called for speedy passage of Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) having blamed huge loss of revenue and investments in the country on the delay in its passage.
According to a communiqué signed by PENGASSAN President and General Secretary, Francis Olabode Johnson and Lumumba Okugbawa, respectively, at the end of its National Executive Council meeting in Lagos, the workers commended the National Assembly’s efforts to pass the Bill, adding that more effort should be made to ensure it was passed.
“The stakeholders (oil workers) will ensure that the lacunas, particularly the adverse labour clauses identified in the bill are addressed before its passage,” it stated.
The association condemned the continuous vandalism on pipelines adding that the unfortunate development had caused incalculable economic damage in the sector.
It said that there was the need to create strong security strategies and use of modern equipment to end unnecessary attacks and damaging of nation’s assets.
“We acknowledge efforts of the government to rehabilitate the nation’s refineries, which are in appalling state for optimal delivery. We urge the government to give priority to Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) in all the four state-owned refineries as well as rehabilitate depots, jetties, tank farms, pipelines and pump stations,” it said.
It said that rehabilitating the depots would ease supply of crude oil to the refineries as well as the evacuation and distribution of refined products nationwide.
The worker also decried the anti-union posture by indigenous oil and gas companies and marginal field operators and resolved to resist any management that infringes on the workers’ Rights to Freedom of Association and Lawful Assembly.
It called on regulatory institutions and business partners (Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), international Oil Companies (IOCs), Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment to call such companies to order.
The workers urged the government to embark on a number of coordinated steps to resolve some of the problems bedeviling the oil and gas industry.