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NUPENG Threatens National Strike Over Kaduna, Labour Crisis

Following the protest of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over the mass sacking of Government staff by Governor El Rufai in Kaduna State, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG), Workers has disclosed that it might declare a nationwide industrial action.

According to reports, NUPENG stated this  in a statement jointly signed by its National President, Williams Akporeha, and General Secretary, Afolabi Olawale in Tuesday, telling its members to be on red alert over the attack on NLC peaceful protest in Kaduna State.

The statement read that, “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. Our solidarity remains constant for the union makes us strong.”

The statement added that, “The leadership of the union is therefore calling on the Federal Government to immediately call on Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, to order before his arrogance and power drunk ego further push the situation into horrendous calamity as he has been doing in all issues relating to human lives and wellbeing.”

It also disclosed that, “Consequently, the union reiterates that no labour leader or worker as the case may be, be harmed, harassed, maimed, humiliated or victimised during this five-day peaceful protests in the state.”

This is coming after the NLC President Ayuba Wabba was declared wanted by Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El Rufai for protesting against the mass sacking of workers by the Kaduna State Government.

NUPENG has however declared to Governor El Rufai that no hurt must come to any of the workers and to the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba.

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