oil sector

Wike releases ExxonMobil Staff after threat by PENGASSAN

The Rivers State Government has released the 22 Staff of ExxonMobil who were arrested for violating the State Executive Order restricting movement in the state.

Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Rivers State, Professor Zaccheus Adangor said that the Mobil Staff were released without charges.

The Attorney-General said the State Government will no longer press charges against them.

He said that they were released following interventions by well-meaning Nigerians.

The Attorney-General noted that he monitored the release of the 22 Exxon Mobil at the State Isolation Centre at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt.

He noted that the Rivers State Government remained committed to implementing the Executive Order issued to check the spread of coronavirus.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN had Sunday, directed its members to stop operations at all export facilities and suspend production and maintenance services from midnight today.

PENGASSAN also directed its members to withdraw all forms of services relating to crude oil production, refining, distribution and supplies from 12noon tomorrow.

The directives were contained in a letter by the National President of PENGASSAN, Nduaka Ohaeri circulated in the media.

OHAERI said their action is sequel to the refusal of the Rivers state Police Command to release the twenty-two ExxonMobil staff arrested last week.


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.