The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has called on politicians to avoid utterance and actions that can cause division in the country.
President of PENGASSAN, Comrade Francis Olabode Johnson, gave this advice during the fifth Triennial Delegates’ Conference of Total E&P branch of PENGASSAN, in Abuja on Friday.
According to him, the labour movement plays important roles in national development, particularly at this period when the country is facing various challenges.
The PENGASSAN boss said, “Our economy, which recovered recently from one of the worst recessions in our history, is struggling to maintain stability in its growth.
“The politics of 2019 national elections have since begun and gathering momentum, even as the insecurity situation in parts of the country is posing new challenges to the citizens and the government.
“Besides, the poverty in the land does not seem to abate, despite government’s continued efforts to restore normalcy and give the citizens a new sense of hope. We urge politicians to avoid divisive politics and embrace politics that will be of immense contributions to the Economic growth of this nation.”
He called on the government and its agencies, including the Nigeria Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and NAPIMS to stop international oil companies from sending jobs to other countries, adding that this was taking a very negative dimension in the government’s efforts at job creation.
“This is one of the ways to reduce the growing unemployment rampant in the country. We are also using this forum to inform government agencies of the clandestine move by the Petrobras management to sell off the company assets without resolution of Labour related issues,” he said.