Digitalised process key to tackling sharp practices

The adoption of digital solution platforms will address challenges associated with supply of petroleum products in the country, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has said.

The oil workers also said adequate support for strategic reserves and forestalling scarcity, resulting from supply-demand gaps would address hiccups in products’ supply.

The President of PENGASSAN, Ndukaku Ohaeri, stated this when the association visited the Executive Secretary of Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF).

He said the move would also create a seamless operation for stakeholders in the supply chain of petroleum products, but decried non-uniformity of prices across the country, saying PEF is failing in its duty.

To achieve an even pricing system, the association advocated the straightening of the riverine and mountainous areas, and a special equalisation programme mechanism that will assure stability of prices.

Ohaeri said that riverine communities that are majorly oil and gas bearing locations pay double for all the categories of available petroleum products, resulting most times to agitations and other forms of social conflicts.

Noting that PEF’s arrangement is contributing immensely to the socio-economic development of the nation, the union declared that it does not support the call for the scrapping of the Fund.

The workers sought for improved partnership and cooperation between PEF and other agencies of government for seamless service delivery.


Comrade Ndukaku Ohaeri

Engr. Michael N. Ohaeri is an energetic and performance-driven leader reputed for his overtly process-ingrained personality with zero tolerance for short cuts and all forms of subversion. He is a motivated professional and certified Engineer, with over 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry.

An experienced Central Working Committee (CWC) and National Executive Council (NEC) member of PENGASSAN, Comrade Engr. Ohaeri has served in many ad-hoc and special Committees of the Association including the highly revered Ethics and Grievance Disciplinary Committee (EGDC) of PENGASSAN.

His leadership style makes him a rallying point at both the Union and place of work, a balancing factor that provides a convergence between productivity and performance not just in PENGASSAN, but also in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.

He brought far reaching reforms to the practice of Industrial Relations during his time as the National Industrial Relations Officer from June 2014 – August 2019. He is reputed to have the ability to maintain the delicate balance between Union Members expectations and the goals of Employers and/or Government.