The joint forum of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have threatened to shut down the oil and gas industry in Nigeria if the constant victimisation of its leaders was not stopped.
After its national executive committee meeting in Abuja on Friday, the association gave the Federal Government a 14-day ultimatum to address lingering issues of pipeline vandalism, terrorism, transfers of its national leaders, bad state of major roads and 2015 elections amongst others or face an indefinite strike.
The PENGASSAN President, Comrade Francis Johnson, told reporters that failure of the members of the House of Representatives to speedily pass the Petroleum Industry Bill after recess would be greeted with a nationwide protest.
Comrade Johnson underscored that the intention of the unions was not to agitate Nigerians with the strike, explaining that it is aimed at protecting its national leaders from indiscriminate transfers and sack by the government.
All efforts to dialogue successfully with the government for several months had been aborted, the unions claimed.