The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has threatened to call out its members throughout the nation for a total shutdown of all its services in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry due to the attack on mass protesters by thugs in Kaduna State.
Communicating its stand through a statement on Monday evening, the Union, affiliated to NLC and Industrial Global Union, lamented the violent outcome of the “peaceful protests by the dictatorial and despotic regime of Governor Nasir El-Rufai in Kaduna State.”
In the statement co-signed by its National President, Comrade Williams Akporeha and the General Secretary, Comrade Afolabi Olawale, the Federal Government was urged to immediately call El-Rufai to order, emphasizing that “his arrogance and power-drunk ego” could further push the situation into “horrendous calamity as he has been doing in all issues relating to human lives and well-being.”
The union reiterated that no labour leader or worker must be “harmed, harassed, maimed, humiliated, victimized or killed during this 5-day peaceful protests in the state.”
It claimed the reception of a “very reliable report of the clandestine move of Governor Nasir El-Rufai to hurt and put the lives of NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba and other labour leaders to danger in his usual blind egotistical style of running the government in the State, is not accepted”
The statement reads:
“NUPENG, therefore, warns that if any harm is inflicted on any of the members of organized Labour, the Leadership of the Union will not hesitate to call on all our members throughout the nation for a total shut down of all our services in the upstream, mid-stream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry.
“In the light of the above, we are therefore putting all NUPENG members nationwide on red alert standby and may at very short notice of five hours call for a nationwide industrial action if the situation arises”.
The statement concluded thus, “Our solidarity remains constant!!! For the Union makes us strong!!!”