The end to the scarcity of petrol may not be in sight yet in this yuletide season as scarcity is biting harder in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, this is just as the meeting between PENGASAN and Federal Government ended in deadlock.
A tour around major areas like Gbongan Road in Osogbo shows only a fuel station had fuel to sell out of over ten stations on the way with motorists on the queue. Along Iwo Road, only two fuel stations were seen selling fuel with a pump price selling for N155, ten Naira above approved pump price.
SOJ Worldwide learnt a litre of petrol in Akure on Saturday sold for N160.
The situation may get worse as the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have announced their plan to begin a nationwide strike starting from Monday, December 18, 2017.
PENGASSAN, the umbrella body of senior workers in the oil and gas sector, alleged that the management of Neconde wrongly terminated the employment of some of its workers, threatening to go on strike if the sacked workers were not recalled within 72 hours.
Obi said: â€œFollowing the failure of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, to settle the rift between this body (PENGASSAN) and Neconde, the management of PENGASSAN has agreed to start the strike on Monday night (December 18th, 2017).
â€œPrior to the strike, PENGASSAN will hold an emergency Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Monday morning, which will be followed with announcement of strike on the night of Monday.â€™â€™
The union said it has put its workers across the country on standby for the strike, adding that nothing whatsoever would stop the body from starting the strike by midnight on Monday.
PENGASSANâ€™s Lagos Zonal Chairman, Abel Agarin, had in a communiquÃ© said it would not tolerate any act of victimization against any of its members.
He said the unionâ€™s position was that the termination of employment of some workers by Neconde was unlawful, as it was not in line with equity, good conscience and industrial relations best practices and extant labour laws.
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