Tokunbo Korodo, chairman, South-west chapter of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), has announced that members of the group have cumulatively lost more than N10 billion during the recent five-day strike action embarked on by workers of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Members of the NUPENG and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), NNPC branch, had, on September 15, embarked on an indefinite strike following the inability of the NNPC to bridge the N85 billion gap in their pension scheme.

The union’s strike, which was called off on September 19, on the intervention of Diezani Alison-Madueke, minister of petroleum, led to the shutdown of the NNPC and its subsidiaries nationwide.

Korodo said that Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN); Petroleum Tanker Drivers, NUPENG and NNPC all lost more than N2 million daily in the South-west during the strike action.

He said the NNPC Ejigbo depot, Lagos State, and Mosinmi, Ogun State, were paralysed during the strike. He added that the strike affected most small-scale operators at the depots, especially food and GSM recharge card vendors among other businesses that lost about N5 million within the period.

The chairman also hinted that the strike action was only suspended following the intervention of major national stakeholders. He said that the decision to put the strike action on hold would allow the NNPC management time to address the issues raised, especially the unfunded N85 billion pension gaps.

“The NNPC management has not paid their N85 billion pension till now. We are imploring the National Assembly and other stakeholders to prevail on the NNPC management to pay their part of the scheme because oil workers have paid their part,” he said.

Johnson Alabi
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