Banks, fuel supply disrupted as labour strike commences today

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Distribution of petroleum products, banking and other essential services will be grounded from today as workers in the petroleum, financial, maritime and other sectors of the economy begin a nationwide strike as directed by organized labour.

This is even as stakeholders in the organized private sector are expressing worries over effects of the strike, saying it could send the economy back into recession. The strike, according to labour, is essentially to compel the Federal Government to announce its figure and ensure completion of work on the new national minimum wage

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Wednesday cautioned consumers of petroleum products against panic buying as the planned nationwide strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) heightened fears over possible hiccups to free supply of the products.

Group Managing Director of the corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, who made the caution on Wednesday, appealed to motorists and other consumers of petroleum products across the country not to engage in panic buying of products over the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) planned industrial action.

The Federal Government, Dr. Baru said in a release by NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, was seriously engaging the NLC on the issues raised.

However, following the collapse of talks, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), including its Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) branch, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE), Association of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI), National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), and Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), will from today withdraw their services nationwide.

Similarly, workers in the aviation, transportation (railway), construction, manufacturing, hospitals, schools, among others, are expected to also stay away from their duty posts. In the same vein, public workers in government offices, ministries, departments, agencies, (MDAs) educational institutions, and others are expected to stay at home.

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