The Nigeria Union Of Petroleum And Natural Gas (NUPENG) workers have issued a 7-day ultimatum to the Lagos state government to pay their N224 million debt or they will withdraw their services to the state.
There was tension as members of the petroleum union staged a protest at the Lagos house in Alausa, in the Ikeja area of the state, today, Tuesday, January 18.
The protesters carried placards bearing different inscriptions urging Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to pay their debt which has been owed for over a year.
Security was high at the Lagos house as armed security operatives monitored the protest.
According to Mr T N A, Korodo, the chairman of NUPENG, Lagos zonal council, the state was supplied diesel and kerosene for the public works between October, 2014 to May, 2015. The state promised to pay the money in three months’ time but no payment has been made yet.
“Lagos public works collected diesel and kerosene to supply for usage to work on Lagos infrastructure and that they will pay in three months. No money has been paid since then and Skye Bank which sponsored the project have been harassing and embarrassing us.”
He said the union participated fully in the election of Ambode and that h should give them the dividend of democracy by paying their debt. He said the state has been given a seven day ultimatum and warned that if the debt is not settled, they would withdraw their service from the state which might lead to fuel scarcity.
Hon. Segun Olulade who spoke on behalf of the Speaker of the state House of Assembly assured NUPENG that the case would be handled with seriousness. He promised that the stakeholders and members of the union would be invited for a meeting. He said within 24 hours, NUPENG would get positive feedback.