Abducted school girls: PENGASSAN boycotts May Day rally

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Abuja – The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), on Thursday, boycotted the May Day rally at the Eagle Square, Abuja.

The PENSGASSAN President, Mr Babatunde Ogun, said the boycott was to show solidarity with parents of the more than 200 school girls kidnapped in Chibok, Borno State.

He called on the Federal Government to intensify efforts toward rescuing the girls without further delay.

Ogun urged the government to take steps to end all forms of violence and restore peace and security to all parts of the country.

Abuja : Former Nigerian Education Minister and Vice-President of the World Bank's Africa division (3r L) Obiageli leads a march of Nigeria women and mothers of the kidnapped girls of Chibok, calling for their freedom in Abuja on April 30, 2014.

Abuja : Former Nigerian Education Minister and Vice-President of the World Bank’s Africa division (3r L) Obiageli leads a march of Nigeria women and mothers of the kidnapped girls of Chibok, calling for their freedom in Abuja on April 30, 2014.

He described the inability of the security agencies to rescue the girls so far as worrisome, saying it had put the nation in a mournful state.

He said “we demand that all machinery, including collaborating with foreign countries that have sophisticated and hi-technology equipment for surveillance, be put in place.

“Government must ensure that the girls are rescued and reunited with their parents and guardians as soon as possible.’’

The PENGASSAN boss also called on the National Assembly to expedite action and pass the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).

He said that the delay in passing the bill was discouraging investments into the oil and gas sector.

NAN reports that outside the Eagle Square, Abuja, some women under the aegis of “Women for Peace Initiative’’ staged a peaceful protest to demand the release of the Chibok school girls. (NAN)

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