Fuel scarcity to bite harder as another oil workers’ union orders strike

Fuel scarcity spreads nationwide
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As Nigerians continue to grapple with fuel scarcity following last week’s strike threat by the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, another influential group in the oil industry says it is set to begin its strike from Monday.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, said on Friday it had no option than to call its members on strike after negotiations with the government over some labour issues stalled.

The group had earlier issued a 72-hour ultimatum to the government to intervene over allegations of anti-workers practices perpetrated against some of its members in Neconde Energy Limited, an indigenous oil company.

The umbrella body of senior workers in the oil and gas industry had accused the management of Neconde Energy of wrongful termination of the employment of some of its workers who belong to PENGASSAN.

Following the ultimatum, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, had offered to broker a truce between the union and Neconde Energy Limited.

However, the union in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES late on Friday by its spokesperson, Fortune Obi, said the peace meeting called by the Minister during the week ended in a stalemate without a positive resolution of the crisis.

“Following the failure of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, to settle the rift between this body (PENGASSAN) and Neconde, the management of PENGASSAN has agreed to start the strike on Monday night (December 18th, 2017),” Mr. Obi said in the statement.

Mr. Obi said the strike scheduled to commence midnight on Monday would be preceded by an emergency Central Working Committee meeting of PENGASSAN in the morning.

The union said it has already notified its members nationwide to be on standby for the final instructions to shutdown operations if nothing is done by the relevant authorities to avert the planned strike by midnight on Monday.

PENGASSAN’s Lagos Zonal Chairman, Abel Agarin, in a communiqué in support of the strike, warned against any act of victimisation against any of its members who would participate in the exercise.

“The union’s position has always been that the termination of employment of some workers by Neconde was unlawful, as it was not in line with equity, good conscience and industrial relations, best practices and extant labour laws,” Mr. Agarin noted.

If the strike is allowed to proceed as planned, it will worsen the fuel supply situation nationwide.

Most parts of the country, including big cities like the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and others, have been struggling to recover from the impact of the crisis on businesses, as normalcy is gradually being restored in fuel supply.

The impact of another disruption in fuel supply will be well felt as Nigerians prepare for Christmas celebrations.


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  • Du Covenant

    I frankly do not know what makes the average black African especially a Nigerian tick except wickedness?. In a normal society, such groups consider the impact of their actions on fellow citizens before embarking on such stupidity. Why now all these issues are coming up?, why in Nigeria is routine to have such crises around major festive periods?, how long are we as a nation going to allow a bunch of greedy and unruly individuals in such unions continue to hold us to ransome at wish?, if not sabottage what is it?, if not wickedness what is it?. In organised countries everyone contributes in making festive periods pleasant for all, in Nigeria it just has to be painful. If the so called IPMAN, PENGASSN find the environment hostile, just leave the sector and do something else. Despite all the money these oil marketers make, they don’t invest anything in their business, we see the delapidated tankers that these crooks use to transport fuel in the most dangerous of circumstances. We see them explode on the roads killing innocent Nigerians and no IPMAN member is ever held accountable for such recklessness on our roads instead we blame God for the accident. They sabottage every government effort to make life easier for fellow citizens without them because they know how irrelevant they are in the grand scheme of things. My solution is, any oil marketer in Nigeria is found wanting or deliberately making life difficult should have their licenses cancelled on the spot and be blacklisted. We should only allow those who genuinely like what they do and not those who just want to punish us.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    This is an outright woeful act and complete failure on the part of the minister of petroleum resources,Dr Ibe Kachikwu, and the group managing director of the NNPC, Dr Baru, as those top officials, demonstrate their incompetency and managerial-defective norm with the way they handling the affairs of fuel supply as our four national refineries remained unproductive despite several assurances by the Federal Government, that those refineries would be fix and made running smoothly again to ease fuel supply guarantee in Nigeria.The minister of state for petroleum resources and the group managing director of the NNPC,Dr Baru, must be compelled to resign from their official positions henceforth for failing the people of Nigeria, at.this crucial season atr the end of the year.

    • Omoighe Emmy Emuata

      Is Kachukwu Minister of petroleum sources? Buhari is, so u beta address him as such.

    • Patriotism

      The issue is pengassan are going on strike and you are diverting as if you didn’t understand the reporter. This is sabateurs to create artificial scarcity for maximum profit targeting the Christmas and New celebration. This is real weakedness to poor citizens who may want to travel for Christmas and New year. God will punish all the sabateur.

  • Eyo

    This is pure wickedness by those calling for strike. It goes to show these moda suckers union groups are out to line their pocket at the expense of suffering Nigerians. this artificial fuel scarcity is created by these heartless animals, what a shameful lot

  • JasV

    Consumers will not die if they do not travel this December. Please boycott the petrol sellers for the next one week. Send money for your people in the village. Forget these bastards.

  • Kenny

    Commander in Chief/Honourable Minister of Petroleum, Muhammadu Buhari is no longer on the driver’s seat

    • Patriotism

      PMB is on the driver’s seat only that it is surrounded by demons. Camp down we will certainly arrive sucessfully and safely by God’s grace.

  • Jacky

    Terrible timing that reveals nothing but sabotage by the Union leaders. Our misery is always their pleasure. But those who punish the poor Nigerians will reap heavier punishment.

  • Dan Arewa

    So these how my country people Nigerians will create a fuel scarcity and later some gullibles will accuse Buhari. Baba Buhari is trying hard to make things easy but he is being sabotage. We all saw what lead to high exchange rate against dollar when oil exploration is halted. That lead to scarcity of dollar.