By Victor Ahiuma-Young
WORKERS in the nationâ€™s oil industry have called onÂ the NigerianÂ President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan toÂ concentrate on providing stable power supply to Nigerians even as, they condemned perceivedÂ intrigues surrounding the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB.
Under the umbrella of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, the workers also condemned what they see as the growing trend where regular employees are disengaged under the guise of dwindling economic fortunes only for same employees to be re-engaged as contract/casual employees in order to circumvent the company policy on fringe/deferred benefits.
A communique issued at the end of their National Executive Council, NEC, meeting in Abuja, the oil workers said â€œthe NEC-In-Session urges President to concentrate and prosecute a 3-point agenda of: (1) Stable Power Supply (2) Anti-corruption Crusade and (3) Electoral Reforms which forms the basic foundation for the growth and development of any nation.
The NEC-In-Session condemns the intrigues surrounding the processing of the PIB Bill and hereby demands that the Government through the National Assembly should publicize the authentic version of the Bill being processed as well as all amendments so far made to promote transparency, accountability and ensure robust contributions from all stakeholders.
NEC-In-Session, reiterates that the National Assembly should adequately accommodate in the Bill our expressed concerns on labour issues bothering on job security, staff pension and gratuity, equity participation, employees transfer/transition matters and conditions of service as they appropriately apply to both employees in the National Oil Company, NOC and those under the Incorporated Joint Venture, IJV companies.â€
â€œThe NEC-In-Session notes that the insecurity situation in the country has not abated with kidnappings, killings and other criminal activities on the increase across the nation; hence the NEC reiterates, that the primary essence of governance would have been defeated if protection of citizensâ€™ lives and properties can be subjected to the freewill of attackers without challenge.
The NEC-In-Session demands sincere and aggressive Federal Government direct intervention and reversal of this negative trend as a matter of urgency by properly funding, equipping, holistically overhauling and repositioning our security agencies otherwise the Association will be compelled to take appropriate decisive actions.
The persistent job losses of our members in the Oil and Gas industry as a result of Casualization and Contract Staffing is becoming worrisome and unacceptable to the Association.
The NEC-in-Session condemns in its entirety the growing trend, wherein regular employees are frequently disengaged under the guise of dwindling economic fortunes only for same employees to be re-engaged as contract/casual employees in order to circumvent the company policy on fringe/deferred benefits.â€