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FG, PENGASSAN meeting ends in deadlock

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The meeting to end the strike by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) which was held between the Federal Government and the oil workers ended in a deadlock.

The President, Felix Osifo, on Wednesday gave the update in a statement saying the government was yet to address some of PENGASSAN’s demands.

Theoilbloc reported that the parties had disagreed after the directive that the oil workers register for the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

PENGASSAN maintained that Petroleum Training Institute and Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency, must be paid using the harmonized template of 2015, Osifo disclosed.

He noted that this was already in use by the budget office, appropriated by the National Assembly and signed by President Muhammadu Buhari into law.

The labour leader said the union wants a high-powered committee, comprising Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers and PENGASSAN Presidents, to settle the outstanding issues surrounding the IPPIS platform.

He said “For the 22 months salary arrears, the government agreed to pay 50 per cent and that the balance would be worked out after the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee has met. PENGASSAN has agreed, but insisted that there should be a definite date for payment of the balance’’.

Source Daily Post
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