New reports claim that there are currently strong indications that oil workers across Nigeria may embark on an industrial strike action any moment from now if the Federal Government refuses to meet their given conditions. According to press reports, NUPENG (Nigeria Union of Petroleum & Natural Gas Workers) is also asking the government to intervene in the case of ten oil workers who were kidnapped in Port Harcourt a few days back and are yet to be released till now.
Nigerian oil workers say they might go on strike if the federal government doesn’t yield to their recent demands
Mr. Williams Akporeha, the president of NUPENG in a recent press briefing said that the union has given a 2-week ultimatum to the federal government to begin a complete rehabilitation of all major roads in Nigeria as the current situation of things can no longer be tolerated.
Mr. Akporeha stressed that the union is disappointed at the nonchalant attitude of the Federal, State and local government towards issues relating to addressing the currently degenerating Nigerian roads that would eventually cause major transport problems during the forthcoming rainy season.
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The NUPENG president also raised an alarm that the dilapidated condition of most Nigerian highways has now almost turned them into death traps for oil workers. Mr. Williams Akporeha specifically listed the below Nigerian highways as the most terrible for now;
- Warri-Benin-Auchi-Okene-Lokoja stretch
- Port-Harcourt – Owerri
- Port-Harcourt – Aba
- Mokwa-Jebba – Kaduna
- Calabar – Itu – Uyo
The president also alleged that the horrible condition of these highways has now given corrupt security agencies the opportunity to set up so many illegal checkpoints on the highways where they extort and exploit oil tanker drivers and other motorists.
Below is a press video confirming this new report and statements of the NUPENG president;
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