Oil workers threaten Lagos Government over unpaid debt

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers,
NUPENG, on Sunday said the union will picket the Lagos State
Government on January 19 over non-payment of N224 million
debt.
Tokunbo Korodo, the South-West Chairman of the union,
disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in
Lagos.
Mr. Korodo alleged that the N224 million was for payment for the
supply of diesel and kerosene to the state government for
execution of direct labour projects in Ojodu between October 2014
and May 2015.
The chairman said the contract was financed by Skye Bank and
the bank had been asking for repayment of the loan.
Mr. Korodo explained that the union would go to the State
Secretariat in Alausa with about 1,000 petroleum tankers and
picket the Governor’s Office, House of Assembly and other
ministries.
He said that the union had written to the state government on the
picketing but regretted that the government was yet to respond.
Mr. Korodo, however, said that NUPENG had also formally
informed the Department of State Security (DSS) and
Commissioner of Police on their proposed action.
“The union was given contract to supply diesel and kerosene by
the former Governor Raji Fashola for Lagos State Public Works
through direct labour between October 2014 and May 2015.
“We have since fulfilled our part of the contract and have appealed
to the state government to pay us our money.
“We borrowed money from Syke Bank to finance the project and
the bank had been on our neck to pay back the money.
“We have written several letters to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode to
pay the debt but there was no response from him.
“Consequently, over 1,000 tankers shall be used by NUPENG
members as a means of transportation to the Governor’s Office
and State Assembly.
“If this failed, scarcity of fuel may resurface in Lagos state in
particular.
“We are pleading with Lagosians to assist us to prevail on our
Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode to respect the business agreement,” he
said.
Mr. Korodo, however, said that if the state government continues
to be silent over the matter after the picketing, the union would be
left with no option than to embark on indefinite strike.
“If we are provoked further, we will down tools because injury to
one member is injury to all members,” he said.

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