PENGASSAN Embarks on Three-day Warning Strike
Oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) have embarked on a three-day warning strike.
The National Public Relations Officer (PRO) of PENGASSAN, who is also the Rivers State Secretary of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mr Fortune Obi, confirmed this on Wednesday August 12, 2020.
It would be recalled that in 2019 President Muhammadu Buhari had warned that all federal government workers not captured on the IPPIS platform by October 31, 2019 would not be paid their monthly salaries.
PENGASSAN members, not captured on the IPPIS platform, have withdrawn their services in protest against government failure to pay their salary for the past three months, saying that they were downing tools following the authorities’ insistence on compelling them to join the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
The union insisted that the government had not done enough to convince them that the IPPIS was enough to handle the peculiarities of the environment they work, noting that it was wrong to lump them with civil servants on the IPPIS platform.
PENGASSAN also said that almost all avenues for negotiation had been explored, but there was no response from the government.
The union spokesman, Mr. Fortune Obi, said that apart from the fact that the IPPIS platform was not secure, it had failed to consider the difference between regular civil servants and oil workers.
He said: “It’s a three-day warning strike by members in the government regulatory agencies under the Ministry of Petroleum basically because of their inclusion in the IPPIS system, which we have rejected ab initio due to the various challenges we have had with it and the associated inefficiencies.
“PENGASSAN resolved about the system long ago. We want assurance that this system is robust enough to handle the challenges. We are saying we work in a peculiar sector where our members earn some allowances different from the civil service structure.
“Therefore, lumping us into that platform without capturing the peculiarities is unacceptable. Because of that, for the past three months, our members in these agencies have not been paid their salaries.
“We have said clearly that we work in a peculiar environment, where earned allowances are different from the civil service payment system. In the civil service, they don’t work offshore, they don’t work in tank farms, they don’t work in haulage system, so for personnel from the peculiar agencies, there are earned allowances. These are not captured in the IPPIS system.
“We need the guarantee that this system is robust enough to capture these issues. You can’t just go and implement something on a platform that is generally for civil servants and their structure. They must consider us as peculiar operators within the system.”
“We work in circles in certain locations. In the civil service, it’s not circle driven. So, if I am working in an FPSO located in the Gulf of Guinea and my work circle is 28 days in, 28 out, as I return, how am I going to get my earned allowances.
“What the IOCs do is to book it into their system, we need the assurances, otherwise leave us where we are currently because that same application we are using currently is domiciled with the accountant general. So why the change to a system that’s not reliable?
“Low cadre persons can break the security of that system, it’s not robust enough. We have made frantic efforts to call the attention of government to our people’s peculiar issues. Nothing is done.”
Obi added that if after three days, the demands of the protesters are not met, it will become a nationwide issue to be handled by the national body of the union.
Obaseki Wins Edo State With a Landslide Victory
Governor Godwin Obaseki has now won the remaining Local Government, Ovia South-West Local Government.
Here is a break down of Ovia South-West’s final result. APC recorded 10, 636 votes while PDP amassed 12, 659.
Total valid votes stood at 23,741 with 743 votes rejected and 24,484 votes cast.
Overall, Obaseki won a total of 13 local governments out of 18, while Ize-Iyamu wins 5. See the details below.
|Esan South East||9,237||10,565|
Obaseki Beats Ize-Iyamu in His Local Government to Extend Lead
Godwin Obaseki Wins Ize-Iyamu Local Government to Extend Lead
Governor Godwin Obaseki has won Orhionmwon Local Government Area to extend his lead over Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress.
Pastor Ize-Iyamu, who hails from Orhionmwon, won his polling unit but failed to win the entire council area as Obaseki wins again.
Orhionmwon was one of the two remaining local governments. Therefore, it now remains one local government area, Ovia South-West, with Obaseki cruising to victory following 17 LG counts.
Obaseki now has 295,296 votes while Ize-Iyamu has 212,983.
Obaseki is no expected to win Saturday’s governorship election after amassing massive votes across each of the 17 local governments counted.
The remaining local government, Ovia South-West has 73,909 voters, below the over 80,000 lead of Godwin Obaseki.
Obaseki, PDP Members Celebrate Potential Win in Situation Room
Obaseki Celebrates With Other PDP Members in Situation Room
Following the strong positive support received from Edo people as shown by almost 90,000 vote gap received over Osagie Ize-Iyamu after 16 local government counts, the executive governor of Edo State, Gowin Obaseki, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members have started celebrating a potential win ahead of the two remaining local government results.
According to the results of the 16 local governments released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Obaseki received 288,572 votes while the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, received 202,525 votes.
With just two local governments left to go, it is safe to say Obaseki has won this particular election again.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu contested against Governor Obaseki four years ago under the Peoples Democratic Party when Obaseki was the gubernatorial candidate of All Progressives Congress before he fell out with his godfather, Adams Oshiomhole.
If wins, Obaseki will be the first gubernatorial candidate to win two elections under the two major parties within four years and vice versa for Ize-Iyamu.
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