– PENGASSAN leadership has suspended its one-week nationwide strike

– The decision was made after an extensive debate with the representatives of the federal government

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has adjourned its ongoing nationwide strike after reaching an agreement with the federal government representative during negotiations. Mr Johnson Olabode, the president of the association, has announced the suspension at the end of its National Executive Council meeting convened to to review offers made by the government on Wednesday in Abuja.

Mr. Olabode said: “NEC met to appraise the industrial action after an extensive debate with the representatives of the Federal Government the following provisions were reached. NEC in session in conciliation of the issues during the meeting with the Federal Government has accepted to show understanding.

Two, NEC in session, in the spirit of patriotism has been satisfied with the outcome of the meeting with the Federal Government thereby suspending the current nationwide industrial action effective immediately. The Association leadership hereby directs our members that from today July 13, everybody should return to their respective offices.”

The meeting with government was scheduled to July 19 and 21 for the negotiations to be concluded. Recall that the union had declared a strike last week over “unresolved issues” affecting the smooth operation of the oil and gas industry.