PENGASSAN Demands Enthronment Of Accountability In All Sectors, Back #EndSARS Protests

 

Yemisi Izuora

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), has challenged federal government on accountability and transparency in all sectors of the economy, as it lends its suppprt to ongoing protests against Police brutality.

In a statement by its president Festus Osifo and secretary general Lumumba Okugbawa, yesterday, the Association affirmed that its stands in solidarity with all well-meaning Nigerians, as they peacefully demand that government puts an end to brutality in all and any form, by any organisation or sector.

“In the past few weeks, reports have come to light detailing the excessive use of force by police officers: including unjustified shootings, severe beating, with most resulting in unwarranted deaths.
“The inhumane treatment meted to Nigerians especially youths is evident. These reports show systemic abuse and reflect the fact that significant barriers to accountability exist, and therefore prevent erring officers from facing justice.

“At this time, we remember also the Nigerian people who have been molested, harassed, assaulted, and killed owing to the actions of officers in uniform who swore to protect and serve every Nigerian citizen; their names will not be forgotten, and for the unnamed, we will continue to fight for justice and a better Nigeria for the future generation.” the statement said.
The PENGASSAN added that the EndSars protests transcended police brutality, and is a cry for accountability in government and reforms of the political and societal landscape.

“A Nigeria that works for all its citizens across all verticals of the society, is “all” we seek. We call on the Nigerian Government at all levels, to hear the voice of its people, put an end to maladministration, lack of accountability, mismanagement of resources, and Police Brutality.
“Initiate the much-needed reforms in all sectors of our country; keeping in mind that insecurity of any kind, be it political, economic, or physical, in any place or to anyone is insecurity to and for us all.

“All Nigerians and friends with “Goodwill” are hereby encouraged to maintain the peace, maturity, and coordination with which we have conducted these protests from the start in our demand for a better Country, which is our fundamental human right.” the statement added.

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