BREAKING: Fuel Scarcity: Oil workers suspend strike

Nigerian oil workers suspended their five-day strike Friday after a meeting with the petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke.

President Goodluck Jonathan had waded into the crisis Friday, directing Mrs. Alison-Madueke to immediately convene a meeting with striking oil workers’ unions.

The meeting which began in the afternoon was ongoing at the presidential villa as of 7p.m. Friday.

The meeting came as scarcity of fuel bit harder across the country.

PREMIUM TIMES understood that the president had directed Mrs. Alison-Madueke to dialogue with the leaders of the two main oil workers unions, the Petroleum and National Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, and National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, over their grievances.

The oil workers had downed tools over the management of their pensions.

The unions also demanded the government to take Turn Around Maintenance of Nigeria’s four refineries more seriously.

Other demands of the unions include the need for increased allocation of crude oil for local refining to help reduce the growing reliance on importation of petroleum products for domestic consumption.

“Government has given a commitment to resolve all issues particularly the issue of Turn Around Maintenance and increment of allocation of crude oil,” the secretary of PENGASSAN, Bayo Oluwoshile told PREMIUM TIMES.


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  • redeem

    replace all of them with workers from the SS———————————–period–

    • Fulani man

      You go die poor man ……………………..

  • $20 billion (dollars) is still unaccounted for at NNPC.

    • Scalywag

      It is $40bn, not 20bn Dollars. And they claim its their oil and their money so the parasites have no business complaining. And they are using their jets to freight the money to destinations of their choice. And the jets take off from the presidential wings of airports

      • Okey

        No, it’s not $40, it is $47. No, not $47, it is $67.

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  • redeem

    The Federal, States and Local Governments have shared a total of N611.708 billion as federal allocation for the month of August 2014.
    From this amount, the Federal Government got N238.089 billion (52.68%) as against N257.323 billion in July; the State Governments got N120.762 billion (26.72%) as against N130.518 billion in July and the Local Governments got N93.102 billion (20.60%) as against N100.624 billion in July. The oil producing states got N44.846 billion as 13% derivation revenue as against N52.878 billion in July. Yet Nigeria is never grateful to the people of the south south———————–ati Jonathan————————sack all of them and replace them with our boys

  • Sir DJ

    Strike! Strike!! Strike!!! All these strikes in Nigeria, are these guys striking for the interest of the masses or just their personal gains? Cos from all I have read and heard so far, no strike in Nigeria is for the interest of the masses. For instance, when the president opted to remove the fuel subsidy, those thieves that were dumping all the money in their accounts fooled the masses to strike and today how much is liter of fuel in Nigeria? They need the refineries to be remunerated and more allocation of crude oil to local refineries so that they contracts will be awarded to them and export the finished products to foreign country while common Nigerians keeps suffering in this country. Sometimes I wonder what these our so called leaders think of. How happy and comfortable they and squeezing life out of a common man to heap billions for his 5th generation still beats me. How much are they gonna go under the 6ft with? Look at it from any angle and perspective you’ll like to buh my own conclusion is GREED. Our leaders are just being GREEDY…..

  • DrEndTime

    Careful study of the prevailing conditions in the fuel situation has revealed the following.
    1. PDP has embarked on a carefully orchestrated plan along with the marketers to loot national coffers to sustain itself and build a financial arsenal with which to attack Buhari’s administration.
    2. PDP plans to hand over a nation in chaos to Buhari in the hope that while he deals with the fuel situation as well as existing strike actions, he will be hindered from directing optimal executive, judicial and media attention to the atrocities of the outgoing administration as well as overseeing the execution of appropriate punitive measures.
    3. PDP hopes to also hand over a nation that is heavily in debt, careful research and information from appropriate sources have revealed that the figures being quoted are fictitious and ambiguous, the funds are being funnelled back to PDP via a carefully setup network within the petroleum marketers infrastructure.
    4. It is important for all Nigerians to know that Goodluck Jonathan has been given a mandate by PDP if he is to maintain any political relevance and that mandate is to infuse the dying party with funds expended during the elections which includes funds expended on traditional rulers
    5. Nigerians must know that the whole fuel situation is contrived and is simply robbery in plain sight. The psychological advantage being wagered upon being that by coating it or dressing it up as legal claims of aggrieved workers, its true nature and motive will go undetected.
    6. Already as we speak information has been received that certain heads of major federal parastatals have been instructed by Jonathans administration to withold the salaries of their workers in the hope that strike actions will ensue as a result.
    7. PDP plans to make Nigeria ungovernable for Buhari and it is important for all Nigerians to be psychologically prepared. Let it be known however that the Buhari administration is aware of all these gimmicks and antics and has an executive and judicial machinery that will be activated to neutralise any ripple effect that the current administration is seeking to create.
    8. I have also being instructed to informally introduce to the public the following facts..
    (A) The Jonathan administration will be probed.
    (B) Punitive measures will be exacted on culprits.
    (C) Bilateral and trilateral agreements have been reached with nations which are the so called safe havens for “emergency extradition”
    This is not an official representation of any body corporate.

  • eddy edi

    another president who did the job with us.