Oil workers under the auspices of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have once again called on the Federal Government to hurry up on the repairs of the nation’s refineries.
Making the call in Abuja, the President of the association, Comrade Francis Olabode Johnson, also warned against the planned sale of the refienries under any guise.
Johnson, while speaking at the 5th NNPC Group Executive Council (GEC) Triennial Delegates Conference, according to a statement, said: “We strongly appeal to the Federal Government to hasten work on the rehabilitation of the refineries as conflicting pronouncements are creating more confusion.
“We urge the government to fast-track the rehabilitation of the refineries because the intended sale as being propagated in certain quarters will not be accepted.”
He kicked against calls by some politicians and stakeholders for the sales of the refineries, saying such move is not acceptable to Labour and Nigerian workers.
His position was not unconnected to the declaration by a former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, that he would sell the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) if voted into power.