Saturday, January 14, 2012

Fashola Warns PENGASSAN over Strike

Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, has called on members of Petroleum, Energy and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) to drop their plans to go on strike as it would jolt the fruitful meeting between the federal government and the labour.

PENGASSAN had announced that it would shut down oil wells from Sunday as part of the protest against fuel subsidy removal.

Fashola noted that issuing more threats would not help the negotiation, which was already at advanced stage.

"I think in a situation where we are trying to make progress, it doesn't help the negotiations to issue more threats. I think ultimately my own interest and I believe the interest of those of us who are involved and all Nigerians; the ordinary people who bear the brunt of this crisis matter."

The Lagos State Governor said people are suffering so much because of the crisis, "so the problem should be amicably resolved as urgently as possible."

He added: "One way or the other, people are suffering and we remain responsible and duty-bound to ensure that the suffering and inconveniences as they are, end as quickly as possible."
He said the meeting between government and labour on Thursday was fruitful and progressive.

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