PENGASSAN & NUPENG Paid The Embattled
GMD Of NNPC A Solidarity visit
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), and the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), have pledged unalloyed support for the transformation stride of the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,
Dr. Maikanti Baru. Speaking during a solidarity visit to the GMD, 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.
Petroleum And Natural Gas Senior Staff Association Of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) is one of the 24 Senior Staff Associations in Nigeria. It was formally registered as a Trade Union on 15th August, 1978.
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 unions’ visit came on the heels of the recent controversies over a letter the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu forwarded to the President alleging non-adherence to due process by the Management of NNPC in some contract administration.
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.
He noted that Dr. Baru had streamlined the processes and procedures in the Corporation leading to the full restructuring which was beginning to yield positive results.
The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru, has finally responded to allegations of corruption and violation of contract laws raised by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibeh Kachikwu.
He also said the GMD succeeded in resolving the NNPC Pension challenge that had led to disenchantment among staff. “We are with you. We want to let you know that you are not an orphan”, Mr. Matthew emphasized.
Responding, Dr. Baru dismissed the allegations of award of contracts without regard to due process as unfounded and unfortunate.
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