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NNPC Unbundling: NUPENG, PENGASAN Call Off Strike

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The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas [NUPENG] and Petroleum & Natural Gas Workers Senior Staff Association [PENGASSAN] have called of the strike which was commenced on Wednesday.

The unions downed tools following the declaration that the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation [NNPC] have been unbundled,  by the minister of state for petroleum, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu.

Kachikwu the Group Managing Director of NNPC, had explained that what the oil corporation did was “reorganization,” a restructuring that will see it split into five divisions.

He assured that he was going to meet the unions yesterday to forestall further action by the unions, which may lead to a more biting fuel scarcity across the country.

But the unions have now resolved to work with the NNPC as long as its workers were not affected in the unbundling.

NNPC workers confirmed that  they have shelved their strike and that they took the decision after a long meeting with the Minister.

That is according to a communique released after the meeting, which ended just after 4:30am and had in attendance unions that had kicked against the unbundling.

Below is a communication from the GECs of NUPENG and PENGASSAN on the development:

“The GECs of NUPENG and PENGASSAN had a marathon meeting with the GMD/Minister of Petroleum (State) and NNPC Top Mgt for several hours, ending this morning @ 4:30am on the on-going industrial action.

“After exhaustive deliberations, a resolution was signed by the two parties. In view of that, the INDUSTRIAL ACTION is hereby suspended.

“The GEC salutes your solidarity, understanding & cooperation.

 “Details of the communique signed at the end of the meeting will be provided in due course.

“On behalf of the BECs of the two in-house unions, I thank you all for the cooperation and support extended to us during the struggle.”

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