NUPENG & PENGASSAN Begin Indefinite Strike
Nigeria’s oil workers on Wednesday started a nationwide industrial action against the federal government’s restructuring of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) . . .
The striking oil workers belong to the two major unions, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG)
The two unions’ strike action started with a closedown of operations at the corporate headquarters of the NNPC in Abuja.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu (photo: above) on Tuesday night at a press briefing in Abuja announced that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the restructuring of the NNPC into seven new divisions.
Kachikwu explained that under the new structure, NNPC will have five core new divisions comprising the upstream,downstream, refining group, gas and power, as well as the ventures’ groups, among others.
But the oil workers stated that they were not carried along in the entire process and took the collective decision to down tools.
In a press briefing on Tuesday by the branch chairpersons of NUPENG and PENGASSAN in Abuja, they directed their members to proceed on indefinite strike nationwide starting from midnight of March 8.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is the substantive ‘Minister of Petroleum’.