Fuel scarcity looms as oil workers commence nationwide strike

Nigerians queued to buy petrol from a petrol station
EJ
Emeh Joy

Nigerians may be faced with a scarcity of petrol in a few days as oil worker have been directed to seize work.

Oil workers under the umbrella of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have been ordered by the union to vacate their duty posts.

The order was issued in a letter which was dated November 8, 2020, and signed by the PENGASSAN General Secretary, Lumumba Okugbawa. It was also copied to Central Working Committee members of the association.

According to Okugbawa, the strike was to fight against the government's failure to make any concrete move regarding the differences between PENGASSAN and the government.

The issues between the groups borders on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

"Yes, I signed the letter and it is from the association to all branch chairman but up till this minute, we've not received any word from the government on the issues of concern", Okugbawa said.

The letter read in part;

"We refer to the above letter dated November 2, 2020, where we gave seven days ultimatum and a further extension to the relevant government agencies and institutions.

"Regrettably and upon the expiration of the ultimatum, nothing concrete has been done with regards to the outstanding issues as enumerated in the letter.

"In view of the above and with the expiration of the ultimatum and subsequent extension, you are hereby advised to withdraw services effective 12 midnight on Sunday, November 8, 2020".

The union had also directed that branch chairmen ensure that their members fully comply with the directive. "All zonal offices are to monitor compliance and report same to the national secretariat".

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