The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has prolonged the 14-day ultimatum earlier given to the Federal Government by seven days, elevating the opportunity of gas shortage throughout the nation within the coming weeks.
This was contained in a press release issued by the union’s General Secretary, Afolabi Olawale, on Thursday in Lagos State.
NUPENG had, on November 15, issued the 14-day ultimatum to embark on a nationwide strike as a result of what it known as the non-implementation of an settlement earlier reached with the federal government.
The points at stake included; non-payment of employees’ salaries and advantages, amongst others.
Olawale mentioned that despite the assorted interventions and engagements with authorities companies and establishments, points regarding the welfare of members and unfair labour practices by some oil majors had but to be absolutely resolved.
“Leadership of the union is still exercising further patience and restraint to give the ongoing discussions the chances of resolving these issues once and for all.
“The decision of the union to give another seven-day ultimatum should not be misconstrued as a sign of capitulation or weakness.
“Rather, it is a demonstration of our resolve not to inflict unnecessary pains on Nigerians or create any form of artificial scarcity of petroleum products,” he mentioned.
The NUPENG basic secretary urged the federal government and all different involved entities to make the most of the extension to do the needful.
“It is our hope that the government does the needful and saves the nation the pains and losses our industrial action will bring,” he mentioned.