President of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, Festus Osifo has declared that the association is embarking on an immediate nationwide strike.

Osifo, who made this disclosure during a briefing with journalists in Abuja yesterday, said “our members are sitting at home and we will continually watch the situation and if we need to rev it up, we will definitely rev it up.”

He explained that the industrial action followed the inability of the federal government to address the issues raised by the oil and gas workers.

He added that the union had given the government a seven-day ultimatum in a statement issued on Monday last week to respond to the issues.

“It is negligence on the part of the government representatives that we are where we are today,” Osifo said.

While the union said it does not have a preference for any tool used by the government to pay salaries, workers’ remuneration must be paid without any shortfall.

Osifo decried that the arrears and allowances of some union members at the Petroleum Training Institute, PTI, Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority, NNRA, and the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, were ceased sometimes in the year.