President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday assured that he would sign the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) into Law once the Bill is presented to him.
Buhari who spoke at a lecture to commemorate the 40th anniversary of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) said the bill would address most of the challenges of the oil workers.
The President, who was represented by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, urged the workers to support his administration towards ensuring better welfare for workers.
The President, while commending the workers for the progress made, urged them to dialogue instead of shutting down the country while in a dispute with their employers.
“Mr President asked me to congratulate you on the celebrations of your 40 years in existence. He is a workers-friendly President that is concerned about better working condition for workers.
“He is a President that respect the rule of law and the law of the land. He promised to sign the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill once is brought to him,” he said.
Speaking earlier, NUPENG president, Comrade Williams Akporeha lamented over casualisation of workers by oil companies, adding that the union will always fight better working condition of the members.
He said: “The enormous challenges confronting our union, most especially with regards to the employers, government and general public perception of our enormous powers, influence and ever constant solidarity.
“We know that most often, many employers are scared of relating with us and this wrong perception is sometimes responsible for the hostile attitude to our efforts in organising their employees.
“In the light of this realisation, our administration will embark on massive public image polishing and mending relationship with all aggrieved stakeholders. Our new mission is to ensure prosperity and good returns for everyone in the industry. We pledge to be more cooperative and collaborative in our dealings but without compromising on the best interest of our members and global labour best practices.
“We have further resolved to be more open and engaging in social dialogue with all stakeholders. We urge everyone, government, employers and the general public to know that we are fully committed to rendering efficient, effective and public/stakeholders friendly services to our dear country and its citizens”.