Members of the Nigerian Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers’ Union NUPENG, as well as an association of senior staff of banks, insurance companies and financial institutions ASSBIFI have been called upon to join a national strike scheduled for October 3.

The NUPENG’s decision to participate in the strike is a major escalation over the planned shutdown of that country, as it represents tens of thousands of staff across all value chains within the petroleum and natural gas sector, such as workmen on drilling platforms, fuel tanker drivers or petrol attendants.

Two central Labour unions – Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) are masterminding the strike, despite warning by the country’s justice minister that they will be breaching a court order by doing so.

The National Executive Council of both the TUC and NLC has resolved to shut down the country if the October 1 address of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu failed to address their demands.

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