Oil Workers Suspend Strike

Oil union, Pengassan
Oil union, Pengassan

The nationwide strike embarked upon by the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG), and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has been suspended.
Speaking on Thursday, PENGASSAN President, Johnson Francis, said the decision to call off the strike was taken sequel to the intervention of the Presidency and the clarification made by the Petroleum Ministry.
Also speaking, PENGASSAN’s acting General Secretary Lumumba Okugbawa, said the decision was taken after 10 hours of talk, ending at about 3am between the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu, NNPC Executives and union officials.
“Management agreed that there would be further collaboration … with a view to considering any suggested amendments. Our input would be taken into consideration,” he said.
Consequently, the unions have been directed to resume work and ensure that there is adequate supply of fuel.
Prompt News recalls that the two unions had directed their members to embark on a nationwide strike effective from 12 midnight on Tuesday, March 8, to protest the unbundling of the NNPC without carrying the unions along.
However, Mr. Kachikwu Wednesday made a U-turn, saying the NNPC was not being unbundled but reorganized.

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