Nigeria might experience fuel scarcity if oil workers suspend their services nation wide should the Federal Government insist on the recruiting new employees in the oil sector on the integrated to and personal information system.
The petroleum and natural gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers made the threat in a letter to Mr. Timipre Sylva, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.
The unions were against the plan by the office of the Accountant General of the Federation to recruit oil workers on the IPPIS platform.
The letter, which was dated on the 19th of June, 2020, and was jointly by PENGASSAN and NUPENG general secretaries in the person of Lumumgba Okugbawa and Olawale Afolabi respectively.
The Union stated that their suspicion about the IPPIS platform ensued from the fact that it discontinuance the familiarity with the oil and gas sector in respect to collective negotiating agreement and approved pay arrangement between the Federal Government and the Unions.
It started that industrial peace can’t be warranted if salaries of their members is suspended or if the execution is not carried out unilaterally without their contribution.
Afolabi also affirmed that the unions will begin an industrial strike if the government abandons their requests.
He said that no fixed date has been given for the commencement of the strike action as the unions we’re hopeful that the government will give into their demands.
It was said in the letter that the union was shocked that the Federal Government revived the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System, where all the agencies affected were on, the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation maintained their stance on recruiting oil workers on the IPPIS platform.
It describes the IPPIS platform as problematic and defective, urging the petroleum minister to look for a better solution in order to prevent crisis in the oil sector.
Both the unions said that they were relying on Sylva’s understanding in settling the issue