NUPENG Begins Strike In Delta As Nationwide Industrial Action Looms
The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has directed its members in Delta State to withdraw services after some of its demands are yet to be met.
The union is accusing two foreign oil firms, Sterling Energy Exploration Company (SEEPCO) and its drilling arm, British Oil and Gas Limited (BOGEL), of frustrating the legitimate demand of their workers to join the union.
NUPENG further argued that five drilling oil-rigs operated by SEEPCO and its drilling arm in Kwale and Warri, Delta State, had been in operation for several years but the management denied the workers their rights to unionise.
It has also given the Nigerian Army a 24-hour ultimatum to withdraw its officers from the premises of the foreign oil firms, over forceful evacuation and abrupt termination of workers’ appointment.
Speaking on Thursday at a press conference, the President of NUPENG, Williams Akporeha, said the union had directed its members in Delta State to withdraw services in protest of the unfortunate situation, adding that if the oil firms refuse to be called to order, they will embark on a nationwide strike.
“NUPENG as an organization has written to the Chief of Army Staff that soldiers be removed from the work site, that what we have on ground is not a terrorist situation but an industrial relations matter.
“Our prayers right now is that those soldiers that are there be redeployed within the next 24 hours or else we shall have no option but to embark on a nationwide industrial action,’’ Akporeha said.