PENGASSAN, NUPENG plan nationwide strike over N800b debt to oil marketers


Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) have vowed to go on strike if the Federal Government delays in the payment of N800 billion subsidy arrears to oil marketers, The Guardian reports.

It was learnt that though the Federal Government has approved the payment, the Ministry of Finance is awaiting approval from the National Assembly before it embarks on disbursement. The unions yesterday, in a joint communiqué after their joint National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, said that the strike has become absolutely necessary following the continuous deteriorating welfare of its members working in the various companies owned by oil marketers.

The communiqué signed by the marketers’ legal adviser, Patrick Etim, said that their members working with oil companies had not been paid salaries for up to nine months by marketers due to inability of government to redeem its commitment to pay in spite of the intervention of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the directive given to the Minister of Finance to effect payment on or before the end of July 2017.