The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, on Friday in Abuja appealed to the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) to reconsider the 15-day ultimatum it issued government over what the union described as lingering labour related issues in the industry.
Dr. Baru, who expressed concern over the possible effects of the ultimatum on products supply and distribution chain in the country, stated that NUPENG’s threat could compound the current hiccups over which concerted efforts are being taken to bring under control.
The GMD appealed to the union leadership to exercise patience to enable government address issues over which it had raised an alarm.
The development is coming as the nation is yet to recover from the fuel shortage that hit it during the last Yuletide celebrations.
Many filling stations are still without fuel, as queues are still visible in some states of the country, due to the unavailability of petroleum products, especially Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) known as petrol.
NUPENG had, in a release dated 31 January, gven a 15-day ultimatum to government over six labour issues between some of its members and their respective companies.
Dr. Baru counseled that NUPENG should strive to maintain the harmonious industrial relations that have brought about stability in the industry, reminding its leadership of the criticality of the petroleum sector to the nation’s economy.
In a related development, the Petroleum Tanker Drivers Branch of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has assured the NNPC that it had no plan to embark on any strike action.
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