Fuel Scarcity Returns as Oil Workers go on indefinite strike

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Just when Nigerians thought that the recent fuel scarcity would be coming to an end, latest news reveals that that isn’t the case as oil workers shut down all NNPC locations nationwide and went on an indefinite strike.

Earlier in the week the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, stated that NNPC would be unbundled into 30 profit-making companies with separate Managing Directors in the weeks ahead as part of the ongoing transformation of the national oil company.

This disclosure didn’t go down well with the players in the industry, and as a result the Group Executive Councils of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) in a meeting yesterday stated that after “extensively discussing the pronouncement of the GMD on NNPC unbundling…observed that the GMD/HMSP totally disregarded due process and failed to engage stakeholders”

They therefore resolved that “…from midnight today (Tuesday, March 8), all NNPC locations will be shut down completely until further notice. Further directives will be communicated accordingly”.

According to Vanguard, some of the workers who spoke on the condition of anonymity, chided the Federal Government, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu and the management of the NNPC for taking such decision which concerns and affect the future of the workers without due consultations.

Source: Vanguard | Channels

22 Comments on Fuel Scarcity Returns as Oil Workers go on indefinite strike
  • keke driver March 9, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    OMG Not again!!!

  • Busarni March 9, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Which way Nigeria; this too shall pass!

  • Chiiii March 9, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    I don’t really understand, can someone explain??… I assumed the recent drop in oil price was due to over production and not enough demand. How come Nigeria still experiences fuel scarcity???

    • ogeAdiro March 9, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      From my limited understanding, we export crude oil, they pay us dollar, using the dollar from exported crude, we buy refined crude products eg. petrol, kerosene, diesel etc…. I’m guessing that since the price of oil has gone down, then we’re not getting the same amount of dollar that we used to. Since we don’t have the same amount of dollar, then we’re probably not importing as much refined oil products as we used to. Yellow brick road to fuel scarcity.
      The federal govt. is probably looking for ways to reduce operational cost and the unions are probably trying to protect their own.

  • Ni Ne March 9, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Selfish lot! They should all focus on what works for the common good of all Nigerians rather than on their own selfish ambitions

  • prince March 9, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    God, please, we really need your intervention in this country. This is not funny o. Why can’t people just understand with the government. why must it be the ordinary Nigerians that would suffer.
    NUPEND/PENGASSIN’s bosses have their way of getting fuel but would prefer that people suffer before they can air their views.
    Those we call leaders only lead for their own sake and does not have the interest of the people at heart.

  • FasholasLover March 9, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Buhari and his dictatorial tendencies. How can you embark on such a massive reorganisation without consulting all stakeholders? There will be redundancy and pray when do you tell the stakeholders? Oh, l get it they will be told via a press conference from wherever his next junket takes him. Man’s greed knows no bounds. Otherwise, Buhari should be sitting under the mango tree in daura not bothering his old self about managing a Nation. Counting cows and calfs would have been perfect.

    • Huh March 9, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      Please be more constructive.

      • Chidera March 9, 2016 at 7:46 pm

        How more? Dangote is your father? You are not feeling the pinch of bad leadership? Pls. Park well. No organization can restructure without carrying the union and staff along.

  • Stella March 9, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Not again, no light and now this.

  • poison ivy March 9, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Strike again?. How cute.
    I pay my tax & this is what I get………No light and No gas.
    Fashola and buhari, well-done ooo!!

  • jinkelele March 9, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Selfish people. They act as of they represent all of Nigeria. Bunch of selfish corrupt bigots. You can not hold a country to ransome simply because you ONLY want your way.

    Off course they were consulted they just refused to show up! NNPC is a basket of corruption and the Union is their Chief priest.
    Their wings need to be clipped.

    Haha every other industry has restructured due to the current times but Nupeng and Pengassan like spoil brats want to have their way.

    They are the real root of the endless bunkering pipeline vandalism and internal kickbacks in NNPC.

    Why should we suffer because you want your way? Take several seats

  • jinkelele March 9, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    *spoilt*

  • swagg1 March 9, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    This is the more reason why I support the restructure of NNPC. The minister should fire these losers and hire the unemployed ppl if they dont show up for work. Back in the day, Reagan fired and replaced traffic controllers when they pulled a similar shennanigan in America. Boy, did they return to work in a jiffy .NNPC is a profit making company not a place where ppl can sit around, steal and not work.

  • Tincan March 9, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    This industry is beleaguered. It’s been one thing after the other. Jeez

  • Lola March 9, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    hmmmmm,BN try as much as possible to get the right facts before publishing a story dont follow suit because others are publlishing remember your integrity is at stake. a BN fan but with what u just said i will be so careful to believe your stories. just a pointer its 4 branches and not all are business ventures. and before you people castigate us flashback this was how so called government started with NEPA aka PHCN and were are we today on the light issue in Nigeria #we sa no because the government has to show us their actual plan on how this will benefit not just us but every Nigerian. we say no because refeneries shouldnt be sold to the highest bid.we say no because we they insiders know the government dont care for they masses only to enrich themselves even long after they have left their political sits.NNPC isnt the only source of revenue government should concentrate more on other reasources in OUR great Nigeria#God bless Nigeria#injury to one is injury to all#solidarity forever we shall always fight our rights#

  • Ekpedeme March 9, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Can we handle this situation maturely

  • Aanuolutomiwa March 10, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    No money,no fuel, no light, no bus at the bus stop, plenry traffic, everytin on the high side
    Nigeria which way now

  • Anonymus March 10, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    This piece of shit country… Nothing ever f-king works in here! 1 month no power. First, our transformer was blowing up every 2 days – it blows, they fix it, it blows next day again… You’re all incompetent, uneducated ignorant idiots! All Nigerians! I feel so sorry for you, but i feel even more sorry for your children, and what shithole you’re leaving to them.

    You think you will all migrate to Europe? Bullshit… Stay here is this shithole and die!

    DO you have any idea how much money this shitty company i work for is BURNING everyday on diesel? And we’re just one company… Where are MILLIONS of other businesses?! Nigeria isn’t producing ANYTHING! 99% of the things you see around you is from import. With this hardened economy and everyone struggling, i see no fucking light at the end of a tunnel… Just gets darker and darker…

    And now – strike…. Well F- YOU! And f- this piece of shit country… For 300 years situation will not change here. May God help you all… Ooops, sowwy.. Even God has left this place.. You’re on your own…

    • Ruthie March 11, 2016 at 11:39 am

      “Anonymous”
      No matter d no of F_ word u use. Remember u r still a bloody nigerian and wen u insult nigeria u also insult ur self.

  • Alia March 11, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Fellow citizen, this is not the first time and will not be the last when we shall experience fuel scarcity in this country. The big shots should understand that the wealth they have here on earth is six-feet below the……….. Let’s pray for our Joseph or J. J. Rawlings to come up soon.

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