The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Engr. Andrew Yakubu yesterday urged the leadership and members of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) to sustain the industrial harmony between it
and the management of the NNPC. Engr. Yakubu made the call during the opening ceremony of the 4th triennial national delegates’ conference of the Association in Abuja.
A statement by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Ohi Alegbe quoted Yakubu to have commended the Association for the cooperation and support extended to him and his
management team since their assumption of duties, noting that the synergy has led to the growth of the entire petroleum industry.
Engr. Yakubu stated that over the years, PENGASSAN has contributed immensely to the stability and growth of robust industrial relations in the country by demonstrating a very high sense of cooperation and maturity in the conduct of its affairs.
The NNPC GMD expressed gratitude to the outgoing central working committee of the Association for their loyalty and constructive dialogue and enjoined the delegates to elect credible leaders to steer
the affairs of the Association, going forward.
In his keynote address, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu described the role of PENGASSAN as pivotal to the national economy and urged members of the Association to continue to maintain the industrial peace in the petroleum sector.
Earlier, the outing President of the Association, Comrade Babatunde Ogun said the oil workers’ unions are fully committed to the growth of democracy and good governance in Nigeria and called on the National Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the Petroleum Industrial
Bill which is geared towards enthroning transparency in the petroleum sector.