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Petrol scarcity looms as PENGASSAN, NUPENG threaten strike

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Oil workers in Nigeria have threatened to withdraw their services nationwide should the Federal Government insist on registering employees in the oil sector on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.

This may lead to a serious petrol scarcity in the country, PUNCH has reported.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers made the threat in a letter addressed to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva.

The unions kicked against plans by the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation to register oil workers on the IPPIS platform.

A correspondent with PUNCH sighted the letter in Abuja yesterday, which was dated June 19, 2020, and was jointly signed by the General Secretaries of PENGASSAN and NUPENG, Lumumgba Okugbawa and Olawale Afolabi, respectively.

According to the unions, their apprehension about the IPPIS platform stemmed from the fact that it discountenanced the peculiarities of the oil and gas sector with regards to collective bargaining agreement and approved pay structure between the unions and the Federal Government.

“We reiterate that industrial peace in the sector cannot be guaranteed if the salaries of our members are stopped or if the implementation is carried out unilaterally without our input,” the unions said.

Afolabi also confirmed to our correspondent that the unions would embark on industrial action if the government neglects their requests.

He, however, said that no date had been fixed for the commencement of such action as the unions were optimistic that the government would listen to their demands.

Source Punch
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