The House of Representatives Joint committees on Petroleum (Upstream), Petroleum (Downstream) and Gas Resources had summoned the Petroleum Minister, Mrs Diezani Allison-Madueke, and leaderships of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) over the looming crisis in the oil and gas sector in the country.
Others to appear before the committee are Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Joseph Thlama Dawah, and the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers (NUPENG).
The committees, in a press statement signed by Chairman, Petroleum (Upstream), Rep Muraina Ajibola, (PDP Oyo), Chairman, Petroleum (Downstream), Dakuku Peterside (APC Rivers), and Chairman, Gas Resources, Hon. Bassey Ewa (PDP Cross River), maintained that the committees would not allow any strike action to cripple the nation’s oil and gas sector.
The statement read in part: “The Joint Oil and Gas Committee of the House of Representatives is concerned by the strike action, as reported in the Media- by staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
“Our concern is driven by the major role oil and gas plays in our economy; and the enormous damage any disruption in the system will entail for the Nigerian people.
“Alive to our constitutional responsibilities, the Joint House Committees on Oil and Gas have decided to intervene in this matter with a view to resolving whatever the issues may be.
“Accordingly, we have invited the Minister of Petroleum Resources, and the affected unions and relevant stakeholders in the Sector to a meeting for tomorrow Thursday, 18th September 2014 at 11: 00am at the House of Representatives.
“Given the urgency of this matter, it is our hope that the relevant parties will attend this meeting. We enjoin the parties to work with us to resolve their differences in the overall interest of the nation”, the statement concluded.