Fuel scarcity looms as NUPENG threatens nationwide strike

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas has issued a two-week ultimatum to the federal government to attend to oil workers welfare.

The union said it would embark on strike after the expiration of the two weeks ultimatum.

If their demands  are not met, Nigeria may experience fuel scarcity in the  coming days..

This was contained in a  a statement signed by NUPENG President, Williams Akhoreha, and General Secretary, Olawale Afolabi.

The union reached its decision during a special national delegates conference convened on last Thursday.

It listed non-payment of workers’ salaries, title benefits, among others, as reasons for its resolution.

The resolution read in part, “We write to convey to the general public and all relevant government agencies the resolution of the special national delegates conference to issue a 14-day notice of a nationwide industrial action if some legitimate welfare and membership related issues that have been variously resolved in our favour even by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment are not adequately and conclusively addressed and resolved within the next 14 days.  This ultimatum takes effect from Monday, November 15, 2021.”

Outlining some of the issues, the union said the first one was the outstanding short payment of terminal benefits to it members that were declared redundant in 2012 by the management of Chevron Nigeria limited.

It also accused the management of Chevron for terminating the employment of contract workers because the employees consented to join the union.