Nigeria may experience fuel scarcity in coming days following the threat issued on Monday by
The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas has given the Federal Government a two-week strike notice, raising the possibility of fuel scarcity across the country in coming weeks.
NUPENG members basically control the downstream arm of the oil sector and an industrial action by the union would ground the supply and distribution of petrol nationwide.
Citing the need to attend to oil workers’ welfare, NUPENG said it would begin the proposed strike at the expiration of the notice.
The development came via a statement signed by NUPENG President, Williams Akhoreha, and General Secretary, Olawale Afolabi.
The union had reached its decision during a special national delegates conference convened on last Thursday.
It listed non-payment of workers’ salaries, title benefits, among others, as reasons for its resolution.
The resolution read in part, “We write to convey to the general public and all relevant government agencies the resolution of the special national delegates conference to issue a 14-day notice of a nationwide industrial action if some legitimate welfare and membership related issues that have been variously resolved in our favour even by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment are not adequately and conclusively addressed and resolved within the next 14 days. This ultimatum takes effect from Monday, November 15, 2021.”
Outlining some of the issues, the union said the first one was the outstanding short payment of terminal benefits to it members that were declared redundant in 2012 by the management of Chevron Nigeria limited.