By Funmi Komolafe
PETROLEUM and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has advised government to conclusively address the amnesty programme for the repentant Niger Delta Militants, saying that enduring peace in the region would go a long to stabilising fuel supply situation in the country.
President of PENGASSAN, Comrade Babatunde Ogun, in a statement said: â€œPENGASSAN believes that insecurity in the Niger Delta threatens the distribution of the products all over the country. Government should work on the amnesty programme in a way that, there will be sustainable peace in the region. Government should keep to its promises to the repentant militants and the host communities in the region.
Nigerians must have confidence in the government and the best way to achieve this is to ensure that all promises made by the government are fulfilled.
Government should ensure security for the pipelines to prevent vandalisation and enhance distribution through the pipelines to the depots all over the country instead of the use of takers for haulage.
Government should exhibit and implement political will for the repair and maintenance of pipelines all over the country. Government should ensure that the railway haulage of petroleum products is put in place without delay.”
Activists rally for Gani
It was a gathering of who is who in the civil society as at the 6th annual Gani Fawehinmi lecture organised by the Ikeja branch of the Nigeria Bar Association.
Members of the organised labour, National Conscience Party and human rights activists all rose for Gani.
Those at the lecture included, president of ASSBIFI, Comrade Sam Adesina Lasisi, Solomon Onaighnon, Femi and Funmi Falana, Lanre Arogundade, Joe Okei-Odumakin, Nurudeen Ogbara, Amina Salihu, Sina Loremikan, etc.
Edo state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole led nearly all members of his cabinet to the lecture. In attendance with the Governor from Benin were, commissioners, Abdul Oroh, Didi Adodo, Clem Agba, Osagie Obayuwana andÂ Ngozi Osarenren.
The governor, a former NLC president said, of the late Gani Fawehinmi â€œ I feel indebted to Ganiâ€.Â He recalled Ganiâ€™s support while he was at the NLC and during his struggle to reclaim his stolen mandate from the PDP.
Comrade Oshiomhole described the Ikeja branch of the Nigeria Bar Association as the â€œ tiger of the barâ€.Â He said the Ikeja NBA has stood for justice for the oppressed and has a leadership that has remained consistent with the struggle for the downtrodden.
Oshiomhole urges more support for political struggles
Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomhole has called on the middle class and the upper class in the society to support popular struggles.Â He said the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi though a very comfortable man participated actively is struggles for the emancipation of the populace. In his words, â€œIâ€™m looking forward to the day when weâ€™ll see more Nigerians protest. The struggle to change Nigeria will not be awarded to us. Weâ€™ll have to achieve it by fighting for itâ€.
He said one of his frustrations while at the NLC was that those who were comfortable believed that only pro-democracy groups and union members should agitate for a better society. This he said, should not be the case.
The lecture featured the display of anti deregulation posters by members of the National Conscience Party founded by late Chief Gani Fawehinmi