Oil Workers Strike’: NNPC cautions against panic buying of petrol

Posted by News Express | 2 July 2016 | 1,901 times

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has cautioned Nigerians not to engage in panic petrol buying, after members of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) went on strike.

“The corporation has in stock enough products to satisfy local consumption requirements for the next 45 days,” said NNPC spokesman Garba Deen Muhammad.

Petrol shortages caused lengthy queues for motorists seeking to fill their tanks earlier this year after fuel importers struggled to find dollars needed to pay for refined oil products due to foreign exchange restrictions imposed by the central bank.

PENGASSAN on Thursday said 10,000 of its members, which include refinery workers and office staff, had begun industrial action over issues “critical to the survival” of the country’s energy sector.

Muhammad also said the state oil company had begun talks with trade union leaders to address their concerns.

PENGASSAN said it decided to strike over issues such as joint venture funding and cash call arrears, which it said had stalled the creation of new jobs and investment in the sector.

Cash calls are the government’s financial obligations to joint venture projects between NNPC and international and local oil companies. (The Guardian)

•Photo shows NNPC MD, Maikanti Kacalla Baru.

Source: News Express

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