NUPENG Suspends 3-day Warning Strike

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The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) on Wednesday, January 12, 2017 suspended its three-day across the nation warning strike after a meeting with authorities of the federal government.

The strike which had started on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 had prompted to ending of all oil related exercises in the nation.

Uncertain issues, including pay and employment misfortune debate with some worldwide oil organizations working in the nation prompted to the strike.

NUPENG had chosen to set out on the strike in the wake of giving the administration a 21-day final proposal to intercede and resolve the issues.

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Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) was likewise required in the strike after it has issued a two-week final offer to the government to determine the issues.

Be that as it may, once the strike started, the government cleared without hesitation and taking after a five-hour meeting with the federal government’s appointment driven by the minister of labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige, and a few agents of multinational oil organizations in Abuja, both bodies canceled the strike.

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According to Punch, Mr Igwe Achese, the president of NUPENG said: “All issues have been addressed one after the other. We are very satisfied with the commitment shown.”

Before the meeting with the federal government, Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, the NUPENG chairman, south-west zone, had told the press:

“All loading activities have been halted; so there is no fuel coming out of any depot. There is total compliance (with the directive to embark on a strike) by our members.”

One of the major problems that led to the strike was that oil companies were sacking workers in the last few months.

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The Warri zonal chairman of NUPENG, Mr Cogent Ojobo, said: “The union had said the strike would last for three days and involve around 10,000 workers. If the issues at stake are resolved and a communiqué signed, the strike will be called off.”

The short-lived strike had led to at long queues in most of the filling stations, as black marketers quickly took over the selling of fuel at exorbitant prices.