Fuel Scarcity Looms As Oil Workers Join NLC Strike
There might be scarcity of petroleum product as the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Association (PENGASSAN) have joined the strike ordered by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
The Punch quoted Mr Adamson Momoh, a spokesperson for NUPENG, as saying on Thursday that “we are part of the United Labour Congress; so, any decision that they take, we will abide by it.”
The National Public Relations Officer, PENGASSAN, Mr Fortune Obi, also said the association had been directed to join the ongoing strike.
He stated, “PENGASSAN is an affiliate of the Trade Union Congress; so, the directive is that we should join the strike, and after the Central Working Committee meeting, the CWC has issued the same directive as the TUC to our members.
“We will manage the protest technically; there is nowhere in the world where you will abruptly stop oil production. It is a process. So, even if our members are joining, which is to respect the directive from our principals, it is something that must be done systematically.
“We have our members in different departments and areas; some are in essential duties area, and they will continue to deliver their duties.”
The NLC on Wednesday directed all its members and affiliate unions to commence a nationwide strike on Thursday, following the failure of a meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, in Abuja on Wednesday, to produce the expected outcome.
The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said the industrial action would commence due to the refusal of the Federal Government to reconvene the meeting of the Tripartite National Minimum Wage Committee to enable it to conclude its work.