PENGASSAN Kaduna to empower members, plans confab  


The Kaduna Zone of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has reiterated its plan to empower its members against all vagaries of the global oil price that are affecting the industry and the Nigerian economy as a whole.

According to a statement signed by its chairman, Comrade Abubakar Yusuff, despite major advancements in labour and management relations in Nigeria during the past decades, there still persist considerable distrust and antagonism among parties involved in industrial relations.
As a way of reducing the frictions and distrust among the parties, he noted that the zone has packaged a three-day workshop with the theme: “Global trend and security challenges in oil and gas industry in Nigeria, critical challenges and prospects from all stakeholder’s perspectives.” The event will hold in Minna, Niger State from August 16 to 18.
Comrade Yusuff said that the workshop, which will be declared open by the Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, will explore the developments consequently and explanation for the major peculiarities of “empowering members” in Nigeria’s system of industrial relations.
“The main rationale of the workshop is to bring all stakeholders together to identify the current global trend in the oil and gas industry, examine security challenges in the sector, know the labour challenges of the post-Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), identify challenges confronting unions and managements on issues of Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and address labour issues and legal challenges in corporate restructuring, outsourcing and causal/contract system of employment.
He stated that with the ongoing reforms in the oil and gas sector, there is need to also have a general overview on industrial relations system in the industry so as to address the labour welfare from the employment till retirement, adding that at the end of the workshop, participants will be able to come up with an acceptable equilibrium or template among the various stakeholders.

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