Friday, October 10, 2014 5:18 pm
Nigeria’s National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) said on Friday that there were no plans for a nationwide strike over the poor state of roads across the country.
Abia and Rivers Branches of the union are currently on strike over the poor state of the roads, which they said were hampering their operations.
The President of NUPENG, Mr Igwe Atuche, said the national body had not considered declaring a nationwide strike over the issue.
“For now there is no intention for the national union to join the protest embarked upon by the NUPENG Eastern Zone Branch.
“We are still consulting,” he said.
NUPENG in the Eastern Zone last Friday went on strike over the poor condition of some link roads in the zone.
NUPENG members were protesting the failure of the Federal Government to repair parts of the East-West Road, especially in Eleme, where the Port Harcourt Refinery is located.
The Umuahia-Okigwe and and Jebba-Ilorin roads are also some of the link roads in very bad conditions that NUPENG is also asking the government to fix.
The Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) Branch of NUPENG had on Thursday threatened to go on nationwide strike if its demand for the repair of the roads was not met.
The Chairman of PTD, Mr Salimon Olatidi, had issued a 90-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to fix the bad roads across Nigeria or the union would withdraw the services of its members
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