President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that he would sign the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill into law once the bill is presented to him.
The President spoke at a lecture to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers in Abuja.
President Buhari said the bill, when signed into law, would address most of the challenges of oil workers.
The President, who was represented by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, urged the oil union to support his administration towards ensuring better welfare for workers.
Buhari also urged the oil workers to dialogue with government and other employers of labour on issues instead of shutting down the country while in a dispute with their employers.
“He (Buhari) is a president that respects the rule of law and the law of the land. He promised to sign the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill once it is brought to him,” Ngige told the workers.
In his address, NUPENG president Williams Akporeha decried the rise of casual workers in oil companies.
Akporeha said the union would always fight for better working condition of the members.
His words: “There are enormous challenges confronting our union, most especially with regards to the employers, government and the 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.”
The NUPENG President added that his administration would embark on massive public image polishing and mending relationships with all aggrieved stakeholders.