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N700bn lost to 5-day strike by oil workers

23 September 2014, 16:39

Lagos - The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) on Tuesday said that over N10 billion revenue was lost during the five- day strike by its union.

Tokunbo Korodo, the Chairman, South-West Chapter of the union, said this in Lagos.

The operation of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was shut down on September 15 due to non-payment of N85 billion pension benefits.

The strike was suspended on September 19 after a meeting between the NNPC management and the two unions of oil workers.  

Korodo said that Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Petroleum Tanker Drivers, NUPENG and NNPC were losing more than N2 million on daily in the South-West region during the strike.

Also read : Oil workers vow to continue strike

He said that business activities within NNPC depot in Ejigbo and Mosinmi were also paralysed, adding food vendors and credit card sellers and other businesses also lost more than N5 million within the period.

The chairman, however, said that the strike was put on hold because of the intervention of the National Assembly (NASS) which promised to resolve the matter.

According to him, the NNPC management has not fulfilled its own part of the pension scheme till now.

"The NNPC management has not paid their N85 billion pension till now.

"We are imploring the National Assembly to prevail on the NNPC management to pay their part of the scheme because oil workers have paid their part,” he said.

-  NAN


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