Nigerians may face scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol, in the coming days as oil workers have been directed to down tools nationwide.
Oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have been ordered by the union to vacate their duty posts.
The order was issued in a letter, dated November 8, 2020, and signed by the PENGASSAN General Secretary, Lumumba Okugbawa, which was also copied to the Central Working Committee members of the association.
Okugbawa said that the strike was to kick against the failure of the government to make any concrete move as regards the differences between the union and government on matters bordering on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
“Yes, I signed the letter and it is from the association to all branch chairmen but up till this minute, we’ve not received any word from the government on the issues of concern,” Okugbawa said.
The letter read in part: “We refer to the above letter dated November 2, 2020 where we gave seven days ultimatum and further extension to the relevant government agencies and institutions.
“Regrettably and upon the expiration of the ultimatum, nothing concrete has been done with regards to the outstanding issues as enumerated in the letter.
“In view of the above and with the expiration of the ultimatum and subsequent extension, you are hereby advised to withdraw services effective 12 midnight on Sunday November 8, 2020.”
The union directed the branch chairmen to ensure that their members fully comply with the directive, adding that the chairmen should await further directive.
“All zonal offices are to monitor compliance and report same to the national secretariat,” he added.