The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, has suspended its intended operational shutdown action following the release of 21 oil workers who were detained in Rivers State.
PENGASSAN had given a directive to all it’s staff to shutdown all operations and activities over the arrest and detention of 21 staff members of ExxonMobil since April 27 by the Rivers State Government.
However, in a statement jointly signed by the association’s President and General-Secretary, Ndukaku Ohaeri and Lumumba Okugbawa respectively, PENGASSAN directed tha oil workers across the country may commence their operations and activities.
PENGASSAN in the statement said;
“At about 9 am this (Sunday) morning, April 19, 2020, with the intervention of relevant authorities, an unconditional release was secured for all our members held hostage in a most horrible and inhuman condition since Thursday, April 16, 2020, by Rivers State Government authorities.
“Having achieved the primary demand in our ultimatum, we hereby suspend the planned industrial action.”
The association had issued an ultimatum dated April 18, 2020, notifying all stakeholders that it had directed all its members to withdraw all forms of services relating to crude oil production, refining, distribution and supplies effective 12noon, Monday, April 20, 2020.