The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has in a statement jointly signed by its National President, Williams Akporeha and General Secretary, Afolabi Olawale, yesterday threatened to declare a nationwide industrial action over the attack on the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) peaceful protest in Kaduna State.
NUPENG warned that if any member of the organised labour is harmed, its leadership will not hesitate to call on all its members nationwide for a total shut down of all services in the upstream, mid-stream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry.
The union said it was raising the alarm following a very reliable report of the clandestine move of the State Governor, El-Rufai, to hurt and put the lives of NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, and other labour leaders in danger “in his usual blind egotistical style of running government in the state.”
According to the union, its national leadership was deeply saddened with the violent turn of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) peaceful protests by what it described as ‘dictatorial and despotic regime of Governor Nasir El-Rufai in Kaduna State’.
The union disclosed that it has put all oil workers on red alert saying that within a five-hour notice at any time, members could be called upon to begin strike, if the need arises.
Recall that the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) is currently protesting against the mass sacking of workers by the Kaduna State government, a move that was vehemently opposed by the state governor.