By VICTOR AHIUMA-YOUNG
LAGOS—PETROLEUM and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, yesterday, directed members in the upstream sector of the petroleum industry to prepare to shut down production since the Federal Government has refused to revert the pump price of petrol to pre-January 1, 2012 price of N65 per litre.
In a statement yesterday, President of PENGASSN, Comrade Babatunde Ogun, insisted that members were fully participating in the strike and mass action as directed by Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC.
He said: “In the light of the current situation in the country, which has necessitated the ongoing strike action now in its third day, it behoves on me as PENGASSAN President to make the following statement:
“PENGASSAN is fully in support of the action as directed by NLC and TUC. We hereby thank all Nigerians for their resolve on this peaceful mass protest. As an affiliate of TUC, industrial action commenced on Monday, January 9, 2012 in all of our offices across the nation and all offices are closed.
In line with the above, no report is currently being generated from production locations to both DPR and FGN. This is one of the very first steps in shut down process. We believe that a government that is alive to its responsibilities will not allow this strike to degenerate this far.”
“Now that the Federal Government has decided to be callous minded, we hereby direct all production platforms to be on red alert in preparation for total production shutdown.”