Oil workers, under the umbrella of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) on Friday warned politicians to avoid utterances and actions capable of dividing the people in the run up to the 2019 elections in the country.
The PENGASSAN President, Francis Johnson, gave this advice during the 5th Triennial Delegates’ Conference of Total E&P Branch of PENGASSAN, in Abuja.
Mr Johnson used the occasion to restate the commitment of the labour movement to maintain a conducive environment for a peaceful electoral exercise.
He said the oil workers were aware of the important role the labour movement plays in national development, particularly at this period the country is facing various challenges.
“Our economy, which recovered recently from one of the worst recessions in our history, is struggling to maintain stability in its growth.
“The politics of 2019 National Elections have since begun and gathering momentum, even as the insecurity situation in parts of the country is posing new challenges to the citizens and the Government,” the PENGASSAN president said.
Besides, he noted that the poverty in the land does is not abating, despite government’s continued efforts to restore normalcy and give the citizens a new sense of hope.
“We urged politicians to avoid divisive politics and embrace politics that will encourage the citizens to contribute to the economic growth of this nation,” he said.
He called on the government and its agencies, including the Nigeria Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and NAPIMS to stop International Oil Companies (IOCs) from offshoring of jobs to other countries, as this was negatively affecting government’s job creation efforts.
“This is one of the ways to reduce the growing unemployment in the country. We are also using this forum to inform government agencies of the clandestine move by the Petrobras management to sell off the company assets without resolution of Labour related issues.
“We will vehemently resist this sale until all labour related issues are concluded,” the PENGASSAN leader warned.