NLC strike: NUPENG chides El-Rufai, threatens ‘total shutdown’

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The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has threatened to summon its members throughout the nation for total shutdown of all its services in the upstream, mid-stream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry.

The development follows of attacks on the Nigeria Congress (NLC) protesting mass sack of workers in Kaduna State.

Communicating its stand through a statement on Monday evening, the Union, affiliated to NLC and IndustriALL Union, lamented the violent turn of the “peaceful by the dictatorial and despotic regime of Governor in Kaduna State.”

In the statement co-signed by its National President, Comrade Williams Akporeha and Comr Afolabi Olawale, the General Secreatry, the was urged to immediately call El-Rufai to order, explaining “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 wellbeing.”

The union reiterated no leader or worker must be “harmed, harassed, maimed, humiliated or victimized during this 5-day peaceful in the State.”

It claimed the reception of a “very reliable report of the clandestine move of Governor to hurt and put the lives of NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba and other Leaders to danger in his usual blind egotistical style of running government in the State.”

The statement in part 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 and may at very short notice of five hours call for a nationwide industrial action if situation arises.

“Our solidarity remains constant!!! for the Union makes us strong!!!”