Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has resilved that it would safeguard the jobs of members in the oil and gas sector of the Nigerian economy.
Speaking after his re-election at the fifth triennial delegates’ conference at the weekend in Abuja, PENGASSAN president, Francis Olabode Johnson, while reassuring members of the union’s commitment to workers’ welfare, stressed that security of members’ jobs would be the main focus of his regime.
He said, “Under no guise will we allow our members to lose their jobs. We will fight any form of unprocedural redundancies or restructuring that affects our members.”
Johnson said employers must abide by agreements with organised labour as well as respect the labour laws of the country.
He lamented the anti-labour practises of some multi-nationals who flagrantly sack Nigerian workers and replace them with expatriates.
Johnson stated that PENGASSAN would continue to play its part in the positioning of the country as a force to be reckoned with in the downstream sector of the oil and gas industry.
“We are ready to collaborate with the government and other agents towards the development and growth of our industry,” he stated.
Johnson was re-elected in a keenly contested election, defeating Mohammed Saleh of NAPIMS and Eze Emmanuel Eze of NPDC.
He was elected for the first term in June 2014.
Others elected during the conference were Deputy President, Frank Ufuoma Esanubi, from Chevron, who defeated the incumbent Jude Nwaogu.
For the position of National Industrial Relations Officer, Ndukaku Ohaeri, from NLNG, was re-elected after defeating Elo Victor-Ogbonda, former Port Harcourt zonal secretary.topics from