Paul Obi in Abuja
Contrary to expectations that the federal government and oil workers would resolve their differences about irregular joint venture funding, cash call payments, Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and others with the planned meeting slated for Thursday, the meeting, according to the government, has been shifted to Friday following the extension of Eid-el-Fitr public holiday.
According to the Deputy Director, Press, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Prince Samuel Olowookere, “In consideration of the season and national holidays, the conciliation meeting has been rescheduled.
“The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, and the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, will now hold the crucial meeting with Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) tomorrow to put a lasting solution to the lingering problems in the oil and gas sector.
“The meeting is now slated for tomorrow Friday 8thJuly, 2016 at Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Minister’s Board Room, 11th Floor, NNPC Towers, Abuja by 11:00am prompt.
“The Ministers appeals to the entire leadership of PENGASSAN to stay intended strike in view of on-going negotiations and in the spirit of social dialogue.”