The ongoing strike embarked upon by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has been blamed on the activities of French-owned International Oil company, TOTAL Nig. Plc, Leadership reports.
While addressing the media yesterday, the spokesperson of the Department of State Services (DSS), Ms Marilyn Ogar, said the company reneged on agreement it entered with PENGASSAN.
Ogar revealed that the matter was brought to the DSS office by the union’s officials in November, after which the DSS invited the oil-giant’s Chief Executive Officer in Nigeria, Elizabeth Proust.
Ogar said:“The issue is the ongoing strike by NUPENG and PENGASSAN which is biting hard on all Nigerians. We want to state that in November, 2014, PENGASSAN had written the Service to make a formal complaint about the transfer of Elo Victor Ogbonda to Lagos from Port Harcourt by TOTAL after she was elected as a zonal executive of the union.
“Consequently, this Service summoned the managing director of TOTAL, Elizabeth Proust, on November 5, 2014, to resolve the dispute. It was agreed that Ogbonda would be re-instated, posted back to Port Harcourt and granted leave of absence for the period she would serve as an executive of PENGASSAN.”
According to her, TOTAL reneged its agreement to recall Ogbonda.
“Consequently, this Service contacted TOTAL and was informed that the company will not go back on its sack order. All entreaties to the company failed, thus culminating in the current strike and the attendant fuel scarcity,” she concluded.
In a related development, officials of PENGASSAN and the Federal Government were billed to meet today but according to the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), the meeting has been re-scheduled till tomorrow.
Culled from: http://www.naij.com/344590-sss-accusses-total-oil-of-holding-nigeria-to-ransome.html