Published On: Mon, Jul 11th, 2016

FG BEGS OIL UNIONS: STOP TAKING OUT YOUR ANGER ON APC REGIME,STRIKES ARE KILLING NIGERIA

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Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has appealed to the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) to call off its strike in the interest of the nation.
A statement issued Sunday night by the ministry’s Deputy Director (Press), Samuel Olowooekere, quoted the minister as saying that the strikes neither solve industrial disputes nor contribute to industrial growth, especially when the nation’s economy was already suffering from mismanagement caused by previous governments.

“The federal government therefore urges PENGASSAN to urgently call off the strike so that all sides will freely negotiate,” it said.

“I am very optimistic that when we sit for negotiation on Monday, July 11, issues that had led to the situation on the ground will be resolved in the greater interest of the nation.

“A situation where oil workers leave their offices and oil loading bases will not make for an increase in oil exports or make available enough petroleum products in this time of deregulation.

“This will only compound the vandalism in the Niger Delta, occasioning low output and export in our OPEC quota, apart from the unwarranted hardship on the populace.”

The minister, who appealed to Nigerians to avoid panic buying of petroleum products, added that what the nation required at this time is patriotism and continuous dialogue.

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