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Fuel scarcity: Reps summon Petroleum Minister, NNPC GMD

Published by Tribune on Thu, 18 Sep 2014

THE House of Representatives' Joint Committees on Petroleum (Upstream), Petroleum (Downstream) and Gas Resources, on Wednesday, summoned the Petroleum Minister, Mrs Deizeani Allison-Madueke, Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Joseph Thlama Dawah , leadership of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers (NUPENG) over the looming crisis in the oil and gas sectors in the country.The committees, in a press statement jointly signed by chairman, Petroleum (Upstream), Honourable Muraina AjibolaChairman; Petroleum (Downstream), Dakuku Peterside and the chairman, Gas Resources, Honourable Bassey Ewa, maintained that the committees would not allow any strike to cripple the nation's oil and gas sector.The statement read in part: 'The Joint Oil and Gas Committee of the House of Representatives is concerned by the strike, as reported in the media by staff of the NNPC.'Our concern is driven by the major role oil and gas play in our economy and the enormous damage any disruption in the system will mean for Nigerians.'Alive to our constitutional responsibilities, the Joint House Committees on Oil and Gas have decided to intervene in this matter, with a view to resolving whatever the issues may be.'Accordingly, we have invited the Minister of Petroleum Resources, affected unions and relevant stakeholders in the sector to a meeting, scheduled for tomorrow, at 11.00 a.m, at the House of Representatives.'Given the urgency of this matter, it is our hope that relevant parties will attend this meeting.'We enjoin the parties to work with us to resolve their differences in the overall interest of the nation.'It will be recalled that workers of the NNPC and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) had, on Tuesday, embarked on industrial action in protest against the demand by the National Pension Commission (PenCom) for the two organisations to stop in-house pension fund management (close) system and adopt the open pension system.The workers, under the aegis of the PENGASSAN and NUPENG had demanded, amongst other things, immediate steps to carry out turn around maintenance (TAM) on the four refineries as agreed among government and the two unions, aswell as restoration of crude oil supply to refineries.
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