The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has extended the 14-day ultimatum earlier given to the Federal Government by seven days.
This is contained in a statement issued by the union’s General Secretary, Mr Afolabi Olawale, on Thursday, November 25, in Lagos.
1st News reports that NUPENG had, on Nov. 15, issued the 14-day ultimatum to embark on a nationwide strike; due to what it called non-implementation of an agreement earlier reached with the government.
The issues at stake include non-payment of workers’ salaries and title benefits, among others.
Olawale said that in spite of the various interventions and engagements with government agencies and institutions; issues concerning the welfare of members and unfair labour practices by some oil majors had yet to be fully 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 said.
The NUPENG general secretary urged the government and all other concerned entities to take advantage of the extension to do the needful.
“It is our hope that government does the needful and save the nation the pains and losses our industrial action will bring,” he said.
Meanwhile, the apex Igbo socio-political organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said President Muhammadu Buhari would be doing his government a favour; by ordering an unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday, November 24; by its Secretary-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro who said the illegal extradition of Kanu from Kenya left the government; with no option than to free the IPOB leader.
Ohanaeze made this claim in response to the protest by key Northern groups to the appeal; made by elder statesman, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi.
The group also cautioned the Northern leadership; especially the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF and the Coalition of Northern Groups “to desist from fanning the embers disunity”; stressing that “they should allow President Muhammadu Buhari do his job by getting Nnamdi Kanu released.”