NUPENG Threatens Nationwide Strike Over Port Harcourt Refinery Sale

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has vowed to embark on nationwide strike if the Federal Government sells the Port Harcourt Refining and Petrochemical Company to Oando Plc.

President of NUPENG, Dr. Igwe Achese said the government and Oando reached an agreement without the involvement of stakeholders.

Achese said exclusion of the host community, workers, local government and state government was unacceptable.

Achese stated, “We have continued to wonder why the sale of public assets like the Port Harcourt refinery is being done in secret in the way and manner they are doing it. Knowing that there are stakeholders in this sector, and these stakeholders are also taxpayers, you don’t just take any decision at will.

“Among all these stakeholders are the workers, who are the operators of these assets. You are mortgaging their future. The worse thing is that we are increasingly beginning to see that some of the policies and the way the policies are being thrown at us look like we are in an autocratic system of government, where the norms and principles of democracy do not matter.”