The Group Executive Committees (GECs) of the two labor unions in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC); the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have on Thursday(today) ended a day-old strike against the revamp of the beleaguered state oil firm after a marathon meeting with the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.
The strike, which was launched on Wednesday, came against the backdrop of spiralling oil prices due to a domestic shortage.
Sequel to the suspension of the strike, activities have commenced at both the Abuja headquarters of the NNPC and at all its subsidiaries in Nigeria, as well as at petrol stations operated by the national oil firm.
Speaking on the matter, Ohi Alegbe, a spokesman for the national oil firm, said: “The strike was called off around 5:00am (0400 GMT) this morning at the end of an all-night meeting with union officials.”
“The minister clarified the government’s position on the ongoing reorganisation in NNPC. At the end of the day, the unions were satisfied.”
Alegbe said normal operations had resumed “fully at the various petrol depots and the current long queues will soon disappear.”