Oil Workers Strike: NUPENG, PENGASSAN Give Nigerians Assurance
If there is anything Nigerians need now, it is to hear that there will not be fuel scarcity in coming days and weeks.
December has become a month to remember for Nigerians, especially those who have had reasons to travel from one state to another in the festive month to see loved ones.
The past few years have been years of 'December petrol scarcity', making travellers spend more than budgeted for in the festive period.
This year again, some deports owners have threatened to down tools to force the Federal Government to pay their outstanding subsidy claims.
But on Saturday some Oil workers unions brought a message of hope, reassuring the Federal Government that its members 'will not' go on strike over the threat of depot owners.
The unions are the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN).
They announced this comforting decision in a joint statement signed by their presidents, Francis Johnson and Williams Akporeha, in Abuja on Saturday.
“After series of engagements with government representatives and marketers, coupled with the on-going meetings, consultations and negotiations between the government and oil marketers, we have been assured by government that the first part of the debt payment will be made not later than 14th December.
“With this commitment and firm assurance from the government representatives, the leadership of NUPENG and PENGASSAN have resolved to hold down on taking any action on the issues to allow government fulfil its pledge.
“Our members should therefore remain calm and continue to provide their services as required always," the statement read.
The unions leaders assured their members and the public that the decisions was based on upholding the overall interest of the nation, the industry as well as job security of its members.
They urged the public to refrain from panic buying or stock pilling of petroleum products.
“We firmly believe that the current engagements and discussions among all concerned stakeholders will lead to amicable resolution of matters at hand.
“Our resolve and decision are purely nationalistic, patriotic and in overall interest of our great country and we plead for understanding of the general public and all parties in this matter,’’ they added.
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