Nigeria’s oil tanker drivers have embarked on strike following what it call low wages and dilapidated roads after protesting in the nation’s capital Monday, drawing the government’s attention to its plight and demands, something that could choke the country’s oil and gas industry even as the country battles with the Niger Delta Avengers in the creeks of the oil rich Delta.
The tanker drivers from Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), have not set an end date for the strike, Cogent Ojobo, a regional chairman for NUPENG, said.
“It is nationwide and compliance is total – all tanker drivers across the nation are involved,” Ojobo said. He also said that the union had met with the Nigerian government on Monday and discussions were ongoing.
“At the end of the meeting today if talks fail then other members of NUPENG, like filling stations, will join and that is bound to increase the pump prices of fuel and other petroleum products,” he said.
A spokesman for Nigeria’s labour ministry said they had a representative at the meetings, but the discussions were coordinated by the oil ministry.
The strike is hard-hitting into an economy that is groping amidst recession even as attacks, oil thefts and pipeline closures have eaten hard on Lagos’ state energy revenues momentarily in years past.
In a related development, oil giant Shell’s Nigeria unit shut down one of its two lines that transport Bonny Light crude to the export terminal in order to exit oil theft points and repair leaks, according to Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Reuters reported.
Credits: Reuters, Stingged.com, Oilprice