Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has extended its earlier issued 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government by another one week.
This move comes four days to the expiration of the ultimatum NUPENG gave on the 15th of November, where it threatened to embark on a nationwide strike, as the government has refused to implement an agreement reached.
The extension was disclosed in a statement issued on Thursday by Mr. Afolabi Olawale, the Union’s General Secretary in Lagos.
He said the government has refused to provide solutions to issues concerning welfare of the union members and unfair labour practices by some oil majors despite various interventions and engagements with government agencies and institutions.
Olawale asked the FG and all other agencies involved to take advantage of the extension and do the right thing.
“Leadership of the union is still exercising further patience and restraint to give the on-going discussions the chances of resolving these issues once and for all. The decision of the union to give another seven-day ultimatum should not be misconstrued as a sign of capitulation or weakness.
“Rather, it is a demonstration of our resolve not to inflict unnecessary pains on Nigerians or create any form of artificial scarcity of petroleum products. It is our hope that government does the needful and save the nation the pains and losses our industrial action will bring,” he said.