NNPC’s Group General Manager, Public Affairs, Dr. Levi Ajuonuma
By Chineme Okafor
Members of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers (NUPENG) have agreed to shelve their planned nationwide strike which would have started Wednesday, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said Tuesday.
NNPC in a statement signed by its Group General Manager, Public Affairs, Dr. Levi Ajuonuma, in Abuja yesterday, stated that NUPENG had settled to hold on with the strike following the intervention of the Federal Government and stakeholders concerned.
NUPENG had in the wake of the week, issued a 72-hour strike notice to the Federal Government in solidarity with the Jetty and Petroleum Tank Farm Owners of Nigeria (JEPTFON) over a lingering debt issue with some financial institutions.
The union in the notice stated that it would embark on a total and indefinite nationwide strike if no agreement was reached between the warring parties.
Ajuonuma said: “In the last few days the media was awash with reports that NUPENG is embarking on strike in solidarity with the Jetty and Petroleum Tank Farm Owners of Nigeria (JEPTFON) over a lingering debt issue with some financial institutions.”
“Consumers of petroleum products have no cause to panic as NUPENG has since put the strike on hold following the intervention of government and all other stakeholders in the industry.”
He added: “I want to assure everybody that there is no need to scramble for petroleum products as we have enough to go round. The government has opened a communication channel with NUPENG and they have since put the pending strike action in the cooler to allow for more positive engagement with government.”