The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria has said the continued neglect of the Eleme section of the East-West Road by successive governments, despite its economic importance, is shameful.
The Port Harcourt Zonal Chairman of PENGASSAN, Peter Onita, stated this during the union’s weekend-long security awareness campaign themed, ‘Making Nigeria and Nigerians safer and more secure,’ held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Onita said the recent blockade at the Eleme section of the road was not done by PENGASSAN, but was a protest by youths from the area and Ogoni people who suffered the brunt of the heavy traffic on the road daily due to the concentration of companies and critical national assets there.
He, however, explained that the union had made several efforts to bring the attention of the Federal Government to the deplorable state of the Eleme section of the road, which housed major facilities critical to the nation’s economic survival, without getting the desired response.
“So, we are in support of the call that the East-West Road is given attention and PENGASSAN has maintained that position even before now,” Onita added.
He urged Nigerians not to leave security in the hands of security agencies alone, but to complement the government especially in the area of giving information.
“As we speak, our members are being kidnapped, as we speak, men and women Nigerians are still being kidnapped, but we know that this awareness will go a long way,” Onita said.
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