National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) has threatened to stop supplying petroleum products to the Lagos State Government and also, residents over N224 million debt.
NUPENG said the state government has failed to settle its debt despite several entreaties.
Tokunbo Korodo, the South-West chairman of the union, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the debt arose from a contract given to the union by the state government and alleged that the N224 million was for payment for the supply of diesel and kerosene to the state government’s direct labour projects in Ojodu, which were executed between October 2014 and May 2015.
The union chairman said, “the contract was financed by Skye Bank and the bank had been asking for repayment of the loan. All efforts to prevail on state government to pay this money through our letter dated December 2, which was acknowledged on December 4 failed.
“Now, the union is left with no option than to stop supplying petroleum products to all parastatals and agencies of Lagos State. From today on, if this is not effective, we may be forced to abandon Lagos as a whole to demand for this payment as Skye Bank is on our neck for this payment.”
Korodo said all unions in the oil sector would participate in the action.
“If this payment is not made on time, every union under oil workers will participate because an injury to one person of the union is injury to all members,” he said.
Officials of the state ministry of transportation were not ready to speak on the issue when contacted. They said they were not permitted to speak to newsmen.