Oil Workers React To Militants’ Threat To Resume Attacks

Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) on Thursday appealed to militants over threat to resume hostilities.

The Coalition of Niger Delta Agitators, while condemning the raid of Chief Edwin Clark’s Abuja home, warned oil companies to stay away from oil platforms and other installations from December 2018 should they fail to relocate their headquarters to the Niger Delta.

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The militants also vowed to begin attacks on oil facilities over the refusal of President Buhari to give assent to the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill.

Speaking during the groundbreaking of PENGASSAN’s multipurpose event and resource centre in Obio/Akpor LGA, the union’s National President, Francis Johnson, urged the Federal Government to address the issues raised by the agitators.

“All IOCs operating in this country have an office here (Niger Delta), but relocating their corporate headquarters also depends on the collaboration of the government because definitely, they need land, they need resources and they need some waivers to do that.

“So, everybody must work together, but not by threat. For the agitators, we want to appeal to them that they should not return to the creeks. For now, oil is our only major source of revenue.

“We also need to appeal to the government that whatever is the demand of the region; whatever they can do to make the place conducive and ensure that the relocation is a reality, they should please do,” Johnson said.

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