By Emma Arubi
WARRI — Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, and National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers,  NUPENG, workers of the Petroleum Training Institute, PTI, Delta State, yesterday stopped the second semester examination of the Institute,  which commenced  on Monday.

The decision followed the resumption of their suspended indefinite strike to press home demand for a conducive and safer work environment and the removal of the school principal, Dr. Raymond Akpojivi.

The striking workers, who barricaded the only entrance into the school premises, also locked all classroom doors in the campus to effectively frustrate  academic activities. The placard carrying protesters said they were committed to making the relevant authorities listen to them this time around.

Addressing the workers, the Warri zonal chairman of PENGASSAN, Mr N. Nwokocha, said the management of PTI must abide by the agreement reached between the two parties last February, which led to the suspension of the strike.

According to the agreement, the management of the institute consented to providing a 33KV dedicated line from Power Holding Company of Nigeria,  PHCN, into the school, which would increase the supply of light to 80 percent. It also agreed to install a new pumping machine to boost the distribution of water in the school premises.

Nwokocha said a committee was to be set up to determine the value of the components of utilities not consumed, so that previous wrong deductions for light and water would be refunded by the end of March, 2010.

The PENGASSAN boss expressed regret that none of these agreed terms had been addressed and called on the Federal Government to relieve the Principal, Dr. Akpojivi, of his position as he had already spent eight years in office, before he did further damage to the psyche of the staff and students of the Institute.

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