Multiple branches of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has embarked on a three-day warning strike over the way it’s members were added in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Management System (IPPIS).
The staff members representing the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Department of Petroleum Resource (DPR), Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) and Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) protested at PPPRA head office in Abuja, singing solidarity anthems.
National Industrial Officer of PENGGASSAN, Mr. Kelechi Ugwulor, stated that the strike protest was triggered by the uncoordinated way in which the agencies were registered on the IPPIS.
In his words,
“We are concerned with the ways our members in some government agencies are being treated with respect to IPPIS.
In the month of September, our members in NNRA had huge sums of money deducted from their salaries, and we have decided that enough is enough.
We are not averse to instruments of transparency in this country. Any system that offers accountability to the governance of Nigeria we are in for it, but do not do injustice to our members,’’ he informed.
Ugwulor promised that the on going strike would continue until their injury are being attended to by the government.
NNRA Branch Chairman of PENGASSAN, Mr Efreke Udeme, also added that staff salaries of the associations were still being unpaid and urged the government to attend to this issue immediately.
“Salaries arrears from March 2015 to Dec. 2016 are also outstanding in NNRA,’’ he stated.