Some branches of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), on Wednesday, commenced a three-day warning strike to protest the “shoddy” manner their members were included in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Management System (IPPIS).
The staff members representing the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Department of Petroleum Resource (DPR), Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) and Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) protested at PPPRA head office in Abuja, chanting solidarity songs.
Mr. Kelechi Ugwulor, National Industrial Officer of PENGGASSAN, speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said that the strike was informed by the clumsy manner in which the agencies were enrolled on the IPPIS.
Ugwulor said that, though the union supports all government’s effort to achieve transparency and accountability in government, it should not be to the detriment of the oil workers.
“We are concerned with the ways our members in some government agencies are being treated with respect to IPPIS.
“In the month of September, our members in NNRA had huge sums of money deducted from their salaries, and we have decided that enough is enough.
“We are not averse to instruments of transparency in this country. Any system that offers accountability to the governance of Nigeria we are in for it, but do not do injustice to our members,’’ he warned.
Ugwulor vowed that the strike will continue until their grievances are addressed by the government