Christmas: Fuel Scarcity Looms As NUPENG Issues FG 14-Day Ultimatum, List Demands

Christmas: Fuel Scarcity Looms As NUPENG Issues FG 14-Day Ultimatum, List Demands

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Monday, November 15, threatened the federal government with a two-week ultimatum after which it may embark on a strike.

NUPENG said the decision will be inevitable if some legitimate welfare and membership-related issues are not dealt with by the government in not more than fourteen days, Channels TV reports.

The union's position is contained in a statement signed by its president, Williams Akhoreha, and general secretary, Olawale Afolabi.

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NUPENG has issued a two-week warning to Buhari's government (Photo: Aso Rock Villa)
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Among reasons for its resolution, NUPENG listed non-payment of workers’ salaries, title benefits as some key, pending issues.

Part of the statement read:

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“We write to convey to the public and all relevant government agencies the resolution of the special national delegates conference to issue a 14-day notice of a nationwide industrial action if some legitimate welfare and membership related issues that have been variously resolved in our favour even by the federal ministry of labour and employment are not adequately and conclusively addressed and resolved within the next fourteen days.

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“This ultimatum takes effect from Monday 15th November 2021."

The warning from NUPENG is coming at a time when the Christmas holiday and celebration are just weeks away.

Fuel scarcity looms as IPMAN accuses depot owners of price hike

Meanwhile, there were possibilities that there would be scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) or petrol.

This was said to be as a result of the attitude of private depot owners who have increased the wholesale price of the commodity. The alarm was raised by the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN).

According to the national vice president of IPMAN, Alhaji Abubakar Maigandi, there was a N9 per litre increase which was about 6.08 percent and it was causing a gradual withdrawal of sales at filling stations.

Maigandi said private depots hiked the petrol price from N148/liter to N157/litre, which is discouraging IPMAN members from buying or lifting the products from private depots.

The IPMAN Kano chapter warned of an imminent fuel crisis due to a price hike. The IPMAN chairman Kano chapter, Alhaji Bashir Danmallam, in a statement said some of the private depot owners had increased the price of the commodity from N148 per litre to between N153 and N155 per litre.


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