Business Nigeria: Fuel Scarcity Imminent as PENGASSAN Embarks on Nationwide Strike



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The planned nationwide strike of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) will begin on Thursday, the body announced yesterday.

PENGASSAN spokesman, Emmanuel Ojugbana, said chairmen and secretaries in its four zones and branches have concluded plans to ensure a complete shutdown of the country’s oil and gas industry operations and activities.

He said a final meeting was held on Wednesday, in which "the method of the gradual shutdown of the industry was critically examined and adopted by the members. The action, which will cripple all activities and operations in the oil and gas sector, will affect all the sub-sectors."

“Our members in the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Petroleum Equalisation Fund (Monitoring Board) PEF (MB), Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), oil majors, labour and contract services companies, and petroleum products marketing companies will join in the action,” Mr Ojugbana said.

Among other things, PENGASSAN wants FG to address the poor state of the country’s refineries and the massive waste of resources on turn around maintenance (TAM); continued importation of petroleum products; on-going industry reforms and NNPC restructuring as well as the politicisation of the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).

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