By Victor Ahiuma-Young & Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA— LEADERS of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, yesterday, suspended their three-day warning strike less than 12 hours after it commenced.
This was after a meeting with the representatives of the Federal Government and oil companies.
This came as the Federal Government directed oil companies to obey every agreement entered into with labour and also pay all the entitlements of workers laid off.
The suspension followed an agreement reached in which time frame was given to address issues raised by labour.
The meeting presided over by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, was also attended by leaders of NUPENG and their Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, counterparts, including their presidents, Igwe Achese and Olubode Francis Johnson, respectively; Director General of Department of State Services, DSS (represented by Ralph Ameh); Inspector General of Police (represented by Habila Joshak, Deputy Inspector General (Operations); Farouk Said, Acting Group Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Services represented NNPC and representatives of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON.
Speaking after the meeting, Senator Ngige directed representatives of oil companies, who left the meeting after resolution of the issues, to comply with every agreement while those that failed to attend the meeting were given up to July to meet with the minister and relevant stakeholders.
According to him: “I’m happy to announce to you that we came out with happy conclusions. The stakeholders unanimously agreed that there is need for continued dialogue between in-house unions, labour contractors and oil companies.”
The minister said some of the issues resolved involved Mobil Producing, Tecom Oil, Universal Energy, Pan Ocean Oil, Chevron, among others and assign two weeks timeline for implementation and report back to their respective ministry and agencies.
Also speaking, President of NUPENG, Igwe Achese said: “We are very much satisfied with the commitment shown today. I wish at subsequent meetings such commitment will be shown.”