PENGASSAN charges government on policies to tackle poverty
. Ogiemwonyi heads Addax Petroleum branch</strong
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has urged the Federal Government to put in place people-oriented programmes and policies as part of measures to reduce poverty in the country.
The oil workers argued that the rising poverty in the land is increasing despite government’s efforts to restore normalcy and give the citizenry a new sense of hope.
President of PENGASSAN, Olabode Johnson said this during the 5th Triennial Delegates Conference of the union in the Lagos Addax branch.
According to him, the historical role of labour movement is to be the stabilising force required to create the atmosphere necessary for the expected change, adding that throughout Nigeria’s political history, the leadership role of labour has always been pivoted to the realisation of national objectives as a people.
“In this connection, our Association, PENGASSAN will stand up to be counted as always, by ensuring we continue to contribute our individual and collective quotas in whatever ways we can to promote national development, particularly those affecting our industry,” he said.
In his remarks, the acting Managing Director of Addax Petroleum, Yonghong Chen said the nation is currently undergoing a serious change management challenge.
Chen, who was represented by the General Manager, Human Resources and Administration, Addax Petroleum, Omayili Wale-Ajayi said the company is committed to partnering with the union for the growth of the enterprise, urging all to persevere in seeking mutual beneficial end.
Meanwhile, Comrade Chris Ogiemwonyi has been elected as chairman of Addax Petroleum branch of PENGASSAN for the next three years.
Delegates unanimously chose Ogiemwonyi, who emerged unopposed, as the chairman through consensus during the branch’s 5th Triennial Delegates Conference in Lagos.
Other members of the Branch Executive Council (BEC) include, Comrade Simon Ononekwu, Comrade Gerald Agwu, Comrade Temidoyo Diabo and Comrade Ken Olubo, who emerged Vice Chairman, Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Treasurer, respectively.
Comrade Arodiwe Kenechukwu, Financial Secretary; Comrade Abiola Oyebola, Industrial Relations Officer; Comrade Assumpta Uzoma, Branch Women-in-PENGASSAN; and Comrade Bode Odedeyi, Internal Auditor, were also elected during the Branch Delegates Conference.
In his acceptance speech, Ogiemwonyi urged the new BEC to be prepared for an era of discipline and commitment to serve the branch, adding that they should be prepared to work as a team in confronting challenges ahead.
The PENGASSAN President, Comrade Francis Olabode Johnson, called for collaborations between the management and the branch executive for attainment of organisational growth and industrial peace.
“Hence we require openness and transparency to build trust and confidence in one another. Management should endeavour to take the union along in making business decisions that will impact on the employees’ welfare. As unionists, the Branch Executive Council should also sacrifice their individual interest for the corporate interest.
“For the incoming leaders, the work may appear tedious and the road ahead may appear long and hard but I am sure you are amply endowed with all the key ingredients of success; and we pray that the Almighty Lord will grant them the zeal to serve for the betterment of the branch, our members, the company, the industry and the Association as a whole,” he said.