Nigerians may have to prepare for fuel scarcity as the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has declared a nationwide strike beginning from today.
The union is protesting over the pay and sack of about 10,000 of its member laid off by oil companies.
The strike which is set to affect the operations of filling stations, has shut down seven crude flow stations in the Niger Delta, a union official told NAN. Cogent Ojobo, NUPENG’s Warri zonal chairman said “Filling stations, petrol tankers and all NUPENG members are involved.
Ojobo said union officials would hold talks with the labour minister in the capital, Abuja, later on Wednesday. “If the issues at stake are resolved and a communique signed, the strike would be called off,” he said.
“Seven flow stations belonging to NPDC were shut by the workers and they are still shut now,” Ojobo said. He also said the workers, who are employed by contractors, say they have not been paid. The flow stations were shut on Tuesday.
Nigeria has experience economic crunch due to rise in crude oil prices in the past two years, which helped to push the country into recession. A wave of militant attacks in the southern Niger Delta oil hub throughout 2016 has hampered production.
Ndu Ughamadu, a spokesman for Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), a subsidiary of the state-run oil company NNPC, said checks were being made to establish whether the Niger Delta flow stations had been affected.