Oil Workers’ Strike Triggers Panic Buying Of Petrol In Nigeria’s Capital

Channels Television  
Updated December 15, 2014

Oil workersNigerian Oil workers have commenced an indefinite strike to protest what they called an unfair labour practice and non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill.

According to officials of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN), the government has refused to implement agreements reached with the unions on these issues.

Already, long queues have returned to petrol stations in Abuja,the nation’s capital city as motorists engage in panic buying of petrol.

Meanwhile, unionists continue to chant solidarity songs, promising to enforce their industrial action unless government takes steps to address the issues.

The Federal Government is expected to meet with the union on Friday to address the issues.

The House of Representatives had on June 2 said it would do its best to ensure that the Petroleum Industry Bill “is passed soon”.

However, since that promise was made at the 3rd Downstream Stakeholders’ Conference of the House Committee on Petroleum Downstream in Abuja on Monday, the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Emeka Ihedioha, till date the Bill has still not been passed.