NUPENG, JEPTFON call off two day old strike

Channels Television  
Updated July 28, 2012

The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Jetties and Petroleum Tank Farm Owners Association (JEPTFON)  have suspended their two-day old strike.

This is contained in a communiqué jointly signed by NUPENG, JEPTFON and the federal government.

The NUPENG President, Igwe Achese and JEPTFON’s Enoch Kanawa, signed for the unions, while the Minister of Labour, Chief Emeka Wogu and the Minister of State for Finance, Dr. Yerima Ngama signed for the federal government.

The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mr. Andrew Yakubu and the Executive Secretary of Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency, Mr. Reginald Stanley were also at the meeting.

The communiqué is the outcome of the peace meeting negotiated by the minister of labour and it stated that the Ministry of Finance had commenced the payment of the Petroleum Subsidy for 2012.

It also assured the unions that the issuance of Sovereign Debt Notes for verified and processed batches would be concluded within two weeks.

The Federal Government assured NUPENG that steps would be taken on the issue of access roads leading to the refineries in Port Harcourt and Warri.

The communiqué stated that NNPC said it would complete the `Turn Around Maintenance’ (TAM) of the refineries as planned and ensure availability of crude oil to them.

It will be recalled that NUPENG had embarked on strike over the non- payment of 2012 Petroleum Subsidy arrears, state of the refineries, bad roads as well as restructuring of loans of JEPTFON members.