By Victor Ahiuma-Young
AS fall-out of the Nigerian Content Policy Law, NCPL, which was recently signed into law, workers in the nationâ€™s petroleum industry are demanding that no company should be given any job in the oil and gas sector, without the input of organised labour and such a company must have a Collective Bargaining Agreement with labour.
Under the umbrella of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, and its National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, counterpart, the workers also demanded that no casual must work in any company that would be considered to participate in the petroleum industry.
The oil workers in a statement by President of PENGASSAN, Comrade Babatunde Ogun, said: â€œThe Nigerian Content Policy Law is a welcome development in the country if so implemented in a way that will be beneficial to the Nigerian economy and the Nigerian people.
â€œWhile the law was in the process of passage at the National Assembly, we, the two in-house unions in the oil and gas industry, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, and the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG,Â supported it because we see it as the right way to protect the interest of Nigerians and to reduce unemployment in the country.
â€œAs we rightly advised then, there should be strict adherence to the tenets of the law to ensure that operations in the oil and gas industry is domesticated to provide maximum benefits and gains to Nigeria and Nigerians, create job opportunities, and wealth.
â€œWe can see that there is a little deviation from these tenets to develop the Nigeria economy as a whole and the oil and gas industry in particular.â€
â€œWe, PENGASSAN and NUPENG, therefore, demand that no company, including members of the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria, PETAN, should be considered for any job in the country oil and gas sector without having an input from our members.â€