PENGASSAN Statement on shutting down oil production in Nigeria (unedited)

Labour Union Protest Nigeria

PENGASSAN say they will join the strike and protests Midnight Saturday

January 11, 2012

ONGOING STRIKE ACTION – PENGASSAN STANDS BY PEOPLE’S LEGITIMATE PROTEST/ACTION

PENGASSAN salutes all her members, patriotic Nigerians and interest groups that have been supportive of the on- going struggle against the recent hike in pump price of premium motor spirit (PMS) aka. Fuel Subsidy Removal.
PENGASSAN remains committed to the ongoing popular and nationwide protests, and will continue to work with every concerned Nigerian group to sustain the struggle until Government respect the sovereign will of the Nigerian people

The resolution of the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria say it all by upholding people’s legitimacy.
All PENGASSAN members and branches have been actively playing strategic role in strengthening the ongoing protest, and will remain committed to the struggle until federal government led by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan respects the collective resolve of Nigerians.
All branches of PENGASSAN in the downstream, refineries and upstream sectors of the industry have been and shall remain fully mobilized in the actualization of NLC/TUC directives on the on-going strike actions.
PENGASSAN as you are well aware contributed so much to preserve the long struggle that earned Nigeria this fledging democracy. With no broken spirit or dented resolve, PENGASSAN is poised to ensure stout defence of our democratic ideals and respects for legitimacy.
For the umpteenth time, we are worried that our leaders are still unyielding to the pleas and yearning of the Nigerian people which is tantamount to misrule of our nascent democracy.
There is no emergency attention for our members that are working on the field who have ran out of food, medical facilities and other emergency measures. Our members are by this situation being exposed to series of unsafe acts which is unacceptable by our industry Health, Safety and Environment Policy.
Consequently, PENGASSAN leadership has become fully constrained to fully employ the January 5, 2012 resolution of her National Executive Council at this critical and decisive moment of our national life.  As drivers and technocrats of the Oil and Gas Sector, PENGASSAN insists that all the policy and institutional issues including the enactment of the Petroleum Industry Act as condition precedent to Deregulation must be given earnest attention.
We are hereby notifying the Federal Government of Nigeria and indeed all Nigerians that PENGASSAN shall be forced to go ahead and apply the bitter option of ordering the systematic shutting down of Oil and Gas production with effect from the midnight of Saturday, January 14, 2012 (00.00 hour of Sunday January 15, 2012}, if the Federal Government of Nigeria fails to yield to the popular agitation of Nigerians on her unacceptable approach to Fuel Subsidy Removal.

PENGASSAN restates without further assurance that is has become expedient to bring down all installations and production so that the wishes of Nigerian people can be achieved with minimal consequences to the populace and operational safety of our industry in particular.
Long Live Nigeria Democracy!!!

Long the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!!!

Victoria Ascerta!!!

For:  PENGASSAN

SIGNED

Comrade Babatunde Ogun

PRESIDENT, PENGASSAN

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