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PENGASSAN rejects IPPIS, threatens strike

19 May 2014, 21:24

Lagos - The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has rejected its members’ inclusion in the Integrated Personnel Payroll System (IPPIS).

The association also threatened to embark on strike if its members were not exempted from the scheme.

This is contained in a statement signed by PENGASSAN's President, Babatunde Ogun, and made available to newsmen in Lagos.

It claimed that IPPIS would compromise effectiveness and efficiency if introduced into the oil and gas sector.

“The oil and gas industry thrives on performance evaluation; therefore, introducing a system that is not based on deliverables should be discouraged," it said.

The union also said that it would go on strike if the federal government stopped the May salaries of its members in government agencies, as threatened by the Head of Service of the Federation.

It listed the affected agencies as the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Nigeria Content Development Board, Nigeria Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) and Petroleum Training Institute (PTI).

It expressed dissatisfaction that the government was threatening the workers with an ultimatum in spite of the union’s protest letters to the government against their enrolment into IPPIS.

-  NAN

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