Strike: NUPENG, FG Meeting Ends In Deadlock

The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers has said it is going ahead with its three-day warning strike as a meeting of the union with a Federal Government team led by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu,  ended in a deadlock on Monday.

The National President of NUPENG, Mr. Achese Igwe, said while addressing journalists in Abuja after a joint meeting with the leadership of the Petroleum Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, that the union would go into another meeting with the government on Tuesday night.

Igwe said NUPENG could not deliberate on the issues raised in the ultimatum extensively because of the joint meeting with PENGASSAN.

He said a meeting of the National Executive Committee of NUPENG would be held in the night to decide on the next steps concerning the ongoing action.

Igwe also said after the meeting that PENGASSAN had called off a seven-day ultimatum earlier issued to the government and urged the government to address the contentious issues in the sector.

He said, “But for now the strike is still on; it is not suspended, it’s not called off.

“However on the items mentioned on the PIB, oil theft, divestment, bad roads, general insecurity, guidelines on casualisation, expatriate quota, the joint council in session is requesting urgently that the Federal Government, the various institutions address these issues as quickly as possible.

“We had a meeting with the Minister of Labour on Monday but the meeting was inconclusive because we had a joint conference meeting with PENGASSAN, so we could not deliberate extensively.”

Igwe added, “On the ongoing strike of NUPENG the strike action is still on and at the NUPENG level, NEC will be meeting later this evening to deliberate on these issues. At the aftermath of the meeting, we would be able to announce to Nigerians the next line of action over the on-going strike.”

He explained that the strike was not intended to cause hardship for Nigerians but to ensure the protection of existing jobs in the oil sector and to put an end to the enslavement of Nigerians in their country.

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