Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, says his administration will work with critical stakeholders in the Oil and Gas Industry to guarantee peace in the sector.
The governor, represented by his Special Adviser on Labour, Mr Ike Okeme, said this on Thursday in Asaba at PENGASSAN 5th Triennial Delegate Conference of the Warri Zonal Council.
The theme of the conference is: “Unions: A Tool for Fostering Organisation Growth and Stability”.
Okowa said that his government was already addressing road infrastructure across the 25 local government areas of the state with a view to creating access and reducing the cost of transportation.
Okowa, however, appealed to members at the conference to conduct their affairs peacefully, adding that the state was peaceful and secured.
He assured of the state government’s determination to create an enabling environment for business to flourish, guarantee peace and development.
The outgoing zonal Chairman, Mr Stephen Ekakiti, thanked the governor for the various ongoing and completed projects across the state.
He also commended the staff for keeping faith with the association in spite of the challenges witnessed in the past three years by the sector.
“The oil and gas industry has not fared well these past three years as it has witnessed divestment by oil companies.
“It has witnessed job losses, yet we have remained steadfast and focused on our mandate,” he said.
Ekakiti commended the Federal Government for securing the release of some Chibok Girls and urged them to intensify efforts to release the remaining girls.
Trade Union Congress (TUC) chairman, Mr Chinedu Nwaobodo, a contestant for the office of PENGASSAN chairmanship position, said that to ensure peace in the oil and gas industry, all stakeholders must be committed.
He said that if he emerged as chairman, he would ensure that members’ confidence was restored through open and honest communication to build trust and unity in the union.
Stakeholders must be committed through credible leadership to end the frequency of strikes in the sector, he said.
“Without peace, there will not be a conducive working environment, so both peace and security complement each other,” he added.