PENGASSAN Urges Federal Government To Pass PIB For Nigeria’s Greatness
PENGASSAN Urges Federal Government To Pass PIB For Nigeria’s Greatness – The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has said the passage Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) holds the key to the nation’s overall transformation and reinvesting in the comity of nations.
Consequently, it urged the government to prioritize the piece of legislation due to its ability to attract growth to all sectors of the national economy.
The union noted that the eventual coming to being of the law would prepare the future of a nation without oil.
In its message to mark the country’s 58th independence, PENGASSAN noted that Nigeria was yet to take her rightful place at the global stage due to shirked responsibilities.
A statement by its president, Francis Olabode Johnson and general secretary, Lumumba Okugbawa, said there was a need for the citizens to be grateful, as the nation had remained united amid turbulent times in her recent history.
Noting that this year’s celebration was significant since it precedes an election calendar, the oil workers called on the government to provide the needed leadership.
PENGASSAN cautioned politicians against reckless and inflammable utterances for the sake of the nation’s nascent democracy and unity.
According to the union leaders, political players must eschew politics of bitterness and play by the rule.
Urging Nigerians to participate actively in the forthcoming polls, they also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rise above inducements from desperate politicians.
The oil workers added that the umpire must strive to conduct free, fair and credible elections nationwide next year.
The statement reads in part: “We urge the security agencies to rejig their architecture in order to get rid of insurgents. We strongly condemn the abduction and eventual killing of Saifura Khorsa, one of the health workers with the International Committee of Red Cross, at Kala-Balge in Borno State by Boko Haram members.
“Government must do all within its powers to secure the release of all those abducted by the insurgents, including Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi Schoolgirl.
“We also call on the government to tackle unemployment, address infrastructure decay and fashion out deliberate policies that would eradicate poverty in the country.”