Gross economic hardship, including fuel scarcity and oil revenue loss, is imminent in Nigeria as oil workers threatened to begin a nationwide strike.
The industrial action being planned by the two major oil workers’ unions, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) is in protest of planned mass sack by the United States super major, Chevron.
The two unions said in a statement unanimously issued yesterday that they had prepared their members for possible nationwide industrial action although they were silient on when it would begin.
They unanimously accused us oil major Chevron of attempting to sack thousands of Nigerian workers in violation of their contracts.
“NUPENG and PENGASSAN will not hesitate to embark on nationwide industrial action on this matter and we have already placed our members on red alert should the management of Chevron remain recalcitrant or adamant to rescind its anti-labour decision,” the unions said in a joint statement.
NUPENG President William Akporeha told Reuters the industrial action referred to would be a nationwide strike by members of the unions, who cover a broad range of jobs across the country’s oil industry.
Chevron did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Nigeria, an OPEC member, is Africa’s largest oil producer and crude sales make up around two-thirds of government revenues in West Africa’s largest economy. The dilapidated state of its refineries means the country imports most of its refined fuel.
Like Chevron, another US oil major, ExxonMobil is embroiled in crisis over sack of spy Police in its payroll. ExxonMobil and 860 spy police sacked by the company, have being bickering over the interpretation of a Supreme Court judgment in the case, as well severance benefits and pension earmarked for the disengagement. The benefits totalling about N1.2 billion, according to a source at the company, include severance benefits, pension and full month salary for July and August.
Meanwhile, the Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources Downstream, Hon Joseph Iranola Akinlaja has admonished government at all levels as well as stakeholders in the oil and gas sector to urgently invest, resuscitate and develop the abandoned Orile parking space for petroleum tankers in order to reduce the traffic gridlock in Apapa, Orile, and Mile-2 corridors of Lagos State.
The Ondo Rep, made the necessary and important call for the much needed social service at the 2018 edition of the Lagos State Petroleum Marketers Safety Conference (LSPMSC), which held at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos.
Akinlaja at the policy dialogue said lack of standard parking space in and around Orile-Iganmu, Apapa, Abule-Ado and so on, where majority of private tank farms are located had resulted to the gridlock on Lagos roads creating heavy toll on the health of the road users, reducing their lifespan and adversely affecting their productivity as well as the economy of the nation.
SOURCE: New Telegraph