Angered by the questionable manner members were included in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Management System (IPPIS) of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), some branch members have proceeded on a three-day warning strike to protest.
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.
While addressing newsmen, Mr. Kelechi Ugwulor, National Industrial Officer of PENGGASSAN, said that the strike was necessitated after the clumsy manner in which the agencies were enrolled on the IPPIS.
According to Ugwulor, the union supports all government’s bid to achieve transparency, and accountability in government, but 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.