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Fuel Scarcity: More troubles for Nigerians as NUPENG threatens strike action



Fuel Scarcity: More troubles for Nigerians as NUPENG threatens strike action

The end may not be insight in the crippling fuel scarcity that has plagued the nation for months now, as the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has threatened to down tools in sympathy with the over 300,000 petrol attendants that are agitating for a pay rise.

According petroleum industry sources, the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), an arm of NUPENG, plans to embark upon a strike if an agreement is not reached over the N18,000 minimum wage being proposed for the attendants.

This was confirmed by the Zonal Chairman, Southwest, NUPENG, Mr. Tokunbo Korodo, who said tanker drivers might go on strike to identify with the petrol attendants on the issue, adding discussions have slowed due to the inability of stakeholders to reach a compromise.

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According to him, petrol dealers are the ones working against the agreement reached on the payment of the minimum wage, not marketers.

He said: “Discussions are ongoing on the issue of increasing the emoluments of petrol attendants and others working at fuel retail outlets across the country. Several meetings have been held on the issue because we believe that the workers’ welfare must be improved.  We are going to mobilise our members, especially tanker drivers, to go on strike. If the dealers are not ready to acquiesce to our demands, we would order our drivers not to provide fuel to stations that are being run by dealers.”

He added that with this, NUPENG would achieve its aspirations of providing better remuneration for petrol attendants.

Sources say NUPENG and other bodies involved in the agitation for improved package for the attendants had fixed last February for the implementation of the scheme but came out of it.



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