Oil workers divided as strike begins

Members of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have commenced   nationwide strike to  push for the implementation of their demands.

However, the South West Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Mr Tokunbo Korodo said a meeting with representatives of the Federal Government, which was scheduled to take place on Thursday has been shifted till July 11.

He explained that NUPENG remains open to the option of dialogue to ensure Nigerians are not made to suffer the pain associated with strike.

According to him, NUPENG remains open to the option of dialogue to ensure Nigerians are not made to suffer unnecessarily.

But, the National Public Relations Officer of PENGASSAN, Mr Emmanuel Ojugbana, said the strike has commenced.

The issued according to PENGASSAN include backlog of cash call arrears, poor state of the country’s refineries, alleged waste of resources on Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) and importation of petroleum products.

The union leaders also listed restructuring of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the challenges associated with passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).

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