Yusuf Bello| The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Tuesday warned it may embark on nationwide industrial action following attack on members of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) protesting in Kaduna state.
The union already shut all fuel depots and filling stations in Kaduna over the strike.
Williams Akporeha, NUPENG national president, who gave the warning in a statement, said the union members should be on the red alert as they could shut their services “at very short notice if situation arises”.
It will be recalled that hoodlums earlier on Tuesday attacked protesting NLC members who are on a five-day warning strike over the sack of civil servants by the state government.
But in a statement made available to reporters, Suleiman said NUPENG is “deeply saddened” with the attack, and asked the federal government to “immediately call el-Rufai to order.”
“Consequently, the Union reiterates that no Labour Leaders or workers as the case may be, be harmed, harassed, maimed, humiliated or victimized during this 5-day peaceful protests in the State,” he said.
“Our Union is raising this alarm following the very reliable report of the clandestine move of Governor Nasir El-RUfai to hurt and put the lives of NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba and other Labour Leaders to danger in his usual blind egotistical style of running government in the State
“NUPENG, therefore, warns that if any harm is inflicted on any of the members of organized Labour, the Leadership of the Union will not hesitate to call on all our members throughout the nation for a total shut down of all our services in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry.
“In the light of the above, we are therefore putting all NUPENG members nationwide on red alert and may at very short notice of five hours call for a nationwide industrial action if situation arises.”
The NUPENG president added that their solidarity with the NLC remains constant as it “makes us strong.”