By Charles Ojefia
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has called on the Federal Government to put an end to all forms of Petroleum vandalism and crude oil thefts in the Country as it was adversely affecting the environment and the economy of the Nation.
This call was made by the Zonal Chairman of Warri Zonal Council of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, Comrade Audu Oshiokhamele in a solidarity peaceful protest match through major roads in the twin Cities of Warri and Effurun to express their grievance over the ugly act.
According to Comrade Oshiokhamele, the increased rate of pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft in the Country is having an adverse effect on the Country’s economy and is leading to the shutdown of oil Companies, loss of jobs in the oil sectors and other related services.
The Protest which saw members of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria PENGASSAN, Warri Zonal Council members carrying placards singing solidarity songs round major roads and streets of Warri and Effurun, rounded off at the Governor’s Office Annexe, Warri with solidarity songs in a Nationwide protest against pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft in the Country.
Also speaking, the Group Chairman of NNPC PENGASSAN, Mr. Emea Okorie stated that they were carrying out the peaceful protest to draw the Federal Government Attention to the fact that they were tired of producing oil that would be stolen by alleged Crude oil thieves despite the pipelines being protected by Security agents.
The Peaceful protest were rounded off at the Governor’s Office Annexe, Warri where they were received by the Director, Governor’s Office Annexe Warri, Mrs. Violet Onowakpokpo who thanked them for the peaceful protest and assured them that their message would surely get to the appropriate authority.