Reps summon Alison-Madueke, NNPC, others over oil, gas sector looming crisis

Diezani Alison-Madueke, minister of petroleum resources, and Joseph Dawah, group managing director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), are expected to appear before the House of Representatives joint committees on petroleum (upstream and downstream) and gas resources to clear the air on the lingering crisis within the oil and gas industry.
Source:businessdayonline     Time:19 Sep 2014
 Diezani Alison-Madueke, minister of petroleum resources, and Joseph Dawah, group managing director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), are expected to appear before the House of Representatives joint committees on petroleum (upstream and downstream) and gas resources to clear the air on the lingering crisis within the oil and gas industry.

Other stakeholders invited by the joint committees are leadership of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers (NUPENG) over the looming crisis in the oil and gas sector in the country.

The aggrieved workers had on Monday embarked crisis on mobilisation for a nationwide strike to protest the revocation of licence granted to NNPC Pension Fund by National Pension Commission (PenCom) over failure to meet its N85 billion deficit.

The committee, in a statement jointly signed by Muiraina Ajibola, chairman, petroleum (upstream); Dakuku Peterside, chairman, petroleum (downstream), and Bassey Ewa, chairman, gas resources, maintained that the committee would not allow any strike action to cripple the nation’s oil and gas sector.

“The joint oil and gas committees of the House of Representatives are concerned by the strike action, as reported in the media, by staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

“Our concern is driven by the major role oil and gas plays in our economy; and the enormous damage any disruption in the system will entail for the Nigerian people.

“Alive to our constitutional responsibilities, the joint House committees on oil and gas have decided to intervene in this matter with a view to resolving whatever the issues may be.

“Accordingly, we have invited the honourable minister of petroleum resources, and the affected unions and relevant stakeholders in the sector to a meeting for tomorrow, Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 11:00a.m, at the House of Representatives.

“Given the urgency of this matter, it is our hope that the relevant parties will attend this meeting.

“We enjoin the parties to work with us to resolve their differences in the overall interest of the nation,” the statement stated.
 
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