NUPENG warns of nationwide strike anytime soon

Channels Television  
Updated August 20, 2012

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has warned it will go on a nationwide strike any time from now over what it called the Federal Government’s refusal to honour an agreement.

Nationwide fuel scarcity looms as NUPENG threatens to commence strike

The union claims the Federal Government is reneging on agreements reached with the union as regards the payment of fuel subsidy claims.

Declaring the union’s plan for the industrial action, NUPENG’s president, Comrade Ahese Igwe at a forum in Lagos on Monday, berated the Finance Minister’s claim that the union and oil marketers were holding the Federal Government at ransom with the planned strike.

The Ministry of Finance last week, published the names of 21 oil marketers that have been indicted in the management of the nation’s fuel subsidy regime, while it claimed that those that were legitimate were paid the collective sum of N49billion in the last four months.

Mr Igwe, however challenged the Federal Government to publish names of those who they have paid so far.

The union is demanding for an immediate rehabilitation of all the major roads around the nation’s refineries among other labour issues.