By; FUNMI OROYE ADERINTO, Kaduna
Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai of Kaduna State on Wednesday said that the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) is a key trade union that has played a significant role in the struggle for democracy in the country.
The governor expressed this when he received on courtesy visit, the PENGASSAN officials, at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna.
El-Rufai who noted their request, thanked the delegation for choosing Kaduna State as centre that attracted the progress of the association.
The Governor encouraged them to consider a housing scheme for members and pledged them a land for building.
He assured them that their message will be conveyed to the President, as President Muhammadu Buhari will be glad to meet up with their needs.
The leader of the PENGASSAN delegation, Comrade Francis Olabode Johnson said they were in government house to avail the activities of the association in the state.
Olabode said Kaduna State as home to many premier industries in the country including Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN), Textiles Companies and Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Corporation, is a bedrock of the industrialization of the region.
According to him, trade unions are social partners complimenting the efforts of the government in building a virile and productive economy.
“We support government efforts at all levels which is geared at bringing professionalism, encourage competence and increase productivity in the economy.”
They said that the state government cannot succeed alone, without the support of critical stakeholders such as trade union led by the umbrella bodies, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), hence, they urged the state government to engage the labour unions in whatever reforms were being introduced.
He said, their aspirations of the current leadership of the association is to establish some projects in Kaduna, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Warri and Lagos that would serve dual purpose of capacity building and generating alternative source of revenue into the state and the country at large.
PENGASSAN solicited for the state government’s support in actualizing their quest when the time comes.
They advised the government to evolve all efforts to end wanton killings of innocent Nigerians by armed bandits and kidnappings across the country.
They called on the government to ensure that justice is meted to victims of various clashes in the country and invest recovered loots in developmental programmes such as power, education, health and transport infrastructures.