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Nationwide strike looms as NUPENG begins warning strike

 

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Wednesday began its three-day nationwide warning strike over unresolved labour issues with multinationals operating in the oil and gas industry.

Mr Rotimi Benjamin, the Vice-Chairman, South-West Zonal Council of the union told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the three nation’s refineries were not loading due to the strike.

Benjamin said that the situation remained the same in both private and NNPC depots in Lagos, adding that loading had been grounded due to the strike.

The vice-chairman said that the union had mobilised members to ensure that the strike achieved its purpose.

He said that the leadership of the union did not proceed on strike to make life difficult for the masses but to press home its demand.

Benjamin, however, said that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the union were currently meeting with Federal Government representatives and International Oil Companies (IOCs) on the way forward.

He said the leadership of the union would address the public on whether to suspend the warning strike or to continue with it.

Journalists who monitored the strike observed that all depots in Lagos were not loading petroleum products as a result of the strike.

Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) were seen discussing the strike in the group.

A tanker driver from Ekiti State, Mr Oluwole Joseph, who came to load at NIPCO Depot in Apapa, said he thought the strike would not go on.

Joseph said that he thought the government would have met with the

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