The scheduled Thursday, July 7, 2016 meeting between the Ministers of Labour and Petroleum with the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) on how to shelve the association’s planned strike would now hold on Friday, July 8, 2016.
This is was disclosed in a statement signed and issued by Mr Samuel Olowookere, the Deputy Director (Press) in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment and made available to the press on Thursday in Abuja .
It stated that the shift in date was in consideration for the season and the national holidays.
the Federal Government had earlier in the week also declared today, Thursday, as a public holiday for the Eid –El-Fitri.
“The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, and the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, will now hold the crucial meeting with PENGASSAN leadership on Friday put a lasting solution to the lingering problems affecting the oil and gas sector.
“The meeting will hold at the Minister’s Board Room, 11th floor, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, NNPC Towers, Abuja starting at 10 a.m,’’ it said.
The statement also stated that both ministers appealed to the leadership of PENGASSAN to suspend its proposed strike in view of the ongoing negotiations and in the spirit of social dialogue.