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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Oil workers' unions pledge support for NNPC boss




Amid on-going power struggle between the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu and the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), and the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), have backed the NPPC boss in his effort to reform the corporation.

The unions during a visit to the NNPC pledged ‘unalloyed’ support for the GMD.

A statement by the corporation said the National President of PENGASSAN, Comrade Francis Johnson, said the unions and their members considered it appropriate to rally round the GMD and the NNPC Management to pledge their support.

Comrade Johnson said the unions’ support for the GMD was based on his ability to walk his talk since assuming office last year.

Oil workers' unions pledge support for NNPC boss“The National body of PENGASSAN and all the NNPC in-house unions are here today to show our support for you. You have brought stability to the NNPC and we are happy today that staff morale is high. You were Chairman of NNPC Anti-Corruption Committee for over five years and that was what informed your appointment as GMD of NNPC. Today, all the bullets you are taking are on behalf of members of staff. We will continue to pray for you, God will continue to guide and shield you,” Comrade Johnson assured.


The PENGASSAN President called on Nigerians to be cautious of their comments on the controversy, adding that any wrong information was capable of discouraging investors from the oil and gas industry which is the highest foreign exchange earner.

The NNPC Group Chairman of PENGASSAN, Comrade Sale Abdullahi, who also spoke during the visit to the GMD, stated that their concern had to do with the need to protect not only the GMD but the NNPC as an institution.



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