Petroleum Union Group Embarks On Strike

Moses Ofodeme

Nigerian oil workers began a 3-day strike at the petroleum ministry to demand almost three months of pay, according to the labour group representing them.

Members of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, stopped work at more than three state agencies under the ministry including the Department of Petroleum Resources, the oil industry regulator according to Fortune Obi, a spokesman for Pengassan union.

“Every effort to get the authorities to the table to discuss the challenges has been met with resistance,” he said by phone.

Nigeria, which gets about 90 per cent of its foreign exchange from oil exports, is reeling from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and a plunge in crude prices since March. While the market has since rebounded and stabilized, the collapse slashed government revenue and left the continent’s top oil producer facing a recession the second time in four years.

The warning strike by PENGASSAN chapters will affect the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Authority, PPPRA, the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority, NNRA, the Petroleum Training Institute- PTI and the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR.

As at the time of this report, neither the Ministry of Petroleum Resources nor the Ministry of Labour and Employment have reacted to the strike notice.

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