Due to an alleged forced implementation of the lntegrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS; a scheduled strike by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN); and the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers (NUGENG) has been called off on Wednesday, June 24.
This was contained in a press release by the General Secretary of PENGASSAN, Lumumba Okugbawa.
Okugbawa stated that the industrial action was averted after the intervention of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timpre Sylva.
In a memo to all PENGASSAN and NUPENG affiliate chapters and branches across the country; the unions said: “The matter has been apprehended and discussions ongoing with the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.”
The strike action was called by the joint National Executive Committee of PENGASSAN and NUPENG on Sunday to protest alleged forceful enrolment of the oil workers into what they referred to as defective payment platform; “Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPlS)” by the federal government.
According to the unions, the strike action was called to press home demands for the payment of salaries of their members working with federal government agencies; whose salaries had been withheld since May over their failure to enroll on IPPIS payment platform.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, June 23, warned member states within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) that the ambition for ECO regional currency could be in ‘serious jeopardy;’ unless they comply with agreed processes of reaching the collective goal.
Buhari made his position known during a virtual extraordinary meeting of the Authority of Heads of State; and Government of the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) on Tuesday.
The president also expressed concern over the decision of francophone countries that form the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA); the decision to replace the CFA Franc with ECO ahead of the rest of Member States.
1st News also gathered that the implementation of the ECOWAS Monetary Cooperation Programme (EMCP); and the ECOWAS Single Currency Agenda were also discussed during the meeting.