By Joan Nwagwu

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has urged the incoming government to ensure the completion of the ongoing rehabilitation of the nations petroleum refineries.

Mr Festus Osifo, President of PENGASSAN said this at the 7th Triennial National Delegates Conference of the association in Abuja.

The theme of the conference is: ‘Equity and Social Justice;Advocacy for Equal Opportunities for all Workers”.

Osifor said that completion of the ongoing rehabilitation of refineries and associated pipelines would be in the interest of the Nigeria’s economy.

He said the union will also continue to advocate for the adoption of the NLNG model in the running of the Nation’s four Refineries when fully revamped.

The union also called for the creation of an enabling environment for the establishment and operation of modular and private Refineries.

“We are happy that the current NNPC management is favourably disposed to such. With the Dangote refinery, there will be a significant impact on the fuel supply dynamics.

“This will also ease pressure on the economy, especially when combined with the ongoing revamping of the three refineries in the country.

“The incoming government must do all within its reach to see to the conclusion of the current rehabilitation effort and initiatives that is currently in place so that our nation’s refinery will come up in no time,”he said.

He charged the incoming administration of the President-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu to ensure that the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) was comprehensively implemented.

He added that, as the new government comes in, the union urged it to fast track the implementation of different sections of the act to the benefit of Nigerians.

“The provision of the act that will further deepen the development of the midstream sector of the Nigeria oil and gas industry should be aggressively implemented.

“This will lead to the provision of gas infrastructure that will in turn aid gas development and help in harnessing the vast gas reserves in the country.

“We warn that the implementation of the PIA must not be made to pass through arm-twisting tactical bureaucratic monsters that bedeviled the PIB. The Host Community Development fund and trust should be immediately constituted,”he said.

Also speaking, Mr Joe Ajaero, President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), called for greater solidarity and collaboration between PENGASSAN and other unions under in the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

He said that this would enable the NLC and TUC to forge stronger front in fighting for workers right and welfare in the country.

Also, the Chairperson of the event and an Executive Director of Nigerian Midstream And Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), Mrs Zainab Gobir called on all not to project Nigeria in a bad light.

”This will de-market our country. It is therefore important for us not to wash our dirty lenings in public.

Gobir said that people should find better ways to raise issues with government with a view to addressing them.

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