“We will have no choice”: Another strike looms as NUPENG ultimatum nears expiration

by Lekan Olanrewaju

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike with effect from Wednesday when a 72 hour ultimatum issued to the Federal Government is reached.

Mr. Elijah Okougbo, the General Secretary of NUPENG, in a statement issued by the oil Union in Abuja on Sunday said that that the looming strike had to do with a disagreement between NUPENG and Federal government over loans obtained by Jetty and Petroleum Tank Farm Owners Association of Nigeria from some banks, to be able to meet the demand of fuel importation.

NUPENG had reportedly earlier demanded for the execution of a section of an agreement which it had with the Federal Government to permit the Jetty and Petroleum Tank Farm Owners Association of Nigeria, an auxiliary association, to pay back the loan in 15 years at a 3% interest.

Okougbo insisted that there would be no further warnings before the strike action would be taken. “If nothing is done to consider the satisfactory implementation of the committee reports, we will have no choice but to resume our suspended nationwide strike without further notice in order to save the livelihood of our members as injury to one is injury to all.” He said.

He disclosed that letters had been written to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, the National Security Adviser, the Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency and other important offices, all to no avail.

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