Nigeria: Oil Workers Threaten Strike

Port Harcourt — Members of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) have threatened to embark on industrial action to address what they called injustice meted to their colleagues who work with Arco Petroleum (Nig) Plc by the Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC).

The two unions which spoke in the Port Harcourt yesterday through Zonal Chairman of NUPENG, Comrade Godwin Eruba and PENGASSAN Chairman, Port Harcourt Zone, Comrade Azubike.M. Azubuike said if NAOC was not called to order to rescind the quit order it had given to Arco and follow due process as required by law, they would have no choice but to down tools.

  • Eruba and Azubuike said trouble started when NAOC ordered Arco to vacate its (NAOC’s) plants at OB/OB Ebocha in Rivers State and Kwale in Delta State with immediate effect to give way for Plantgeria (Nig) Ltd to take over the plants.

    They argued that Arco is an indigenous company that has been doing very well in the oil and gas industry for many years and “at this era of encouraging local content it would be a great disservice to ask the company to take its hands off a job it has been handling for years”.

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