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PENGASSAN Shuts Out NNPC Staff As Pump Prices Remain Unchanged

PENGASSAN, fuel price, NNPC
Posted: Jul 8, 2016 at 4:47 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emma Arubi

Warri – Workers of the Inspectorate Department of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), members of the National Youths Service Corp (NYSC) and Industrial Training Students  (ITS) attached to NNPC Zonal Office in Warri, have been denied access to the corporation’s premises as members of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) begins strike nationwide.

This comes even as major and independent petroleum product marketers still sell petroleum products at their pump stations at the regulated price of between N140 and N145 per litre

The NNPC Zonal Office along Warri-Sapele road, beside the Warri South Local Government Council Main Secretariat, was heavily guarded by security men probably acting on the directive of the union, stopping workers and other personnel from entering the premises.

There were no placards or signs by the union to show the reasons for the strike just as reports indicate that negotiations between the Federal Government and PENGASSAN to avert the strike was shifted to Monday July 11, 2016.

Despite fears that the strike may cause another round of fuel scarcity, the product was readily available across Warri at the usual price (s) as at Friday morning even when it has been speculated that oil workers have postponed their proposed strike at least until Monday next week when negotiations are billed to resume with the Federal government.

Leaders of the oil workers union say the action is being put on hold until their leadership is able to meet with the government delegation to table their grievances.

That meeting was originally scheduled for Thursday, July 7 but has to be moved to Monday because of the three day public holiday declared by the Federal government this week to celebrate the Eid El Fitri Muslim festival.

The Ministers of Labour and Petroleum Resources are billed to represent the Federal Government at the meeting expected to hold at the NNPC Towers in Abuja.