The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has threatened a nationwide strike following the shooting and killing of peaceful #ENDSARS demonstrators across the nation.
This is just as the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Lagos State Council and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) berated the Buhari-led administration on Tuesday’s violent crackdown on Lagos protesters at Lekki toll booth.
In separate statements on Wednesday, the unions called on President Muhammadu Buhari to provide adequate security for the demonstrators in line with democratic norms, and to immediately arrest perpetrators of the dastardly act.
PENGASSAN President and Secretary, Festus Osifo and Lumumba Okugbawa, maintained that failure to urgently address the situation would force the National Executive Council (NEC) to convene an emergency meeting to declare the industrial action.
The oil workers urged Buhari to provide uncommon leadership and steer the ship of state to safety. They deplored government’s handling of the situation. In his remarks, Lagos TUC chair, Gbenga Ekundayo and secretary, Abiodun Aladetan, flayed the authorities for their “uncivilised action and crime against humanity.”
They urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to thoroughly investigate the massacre with a view to securing justice for the deceased. The labour centre implored the youths against compromising the security of the state.
“We can do more in an atmosphere of peaceful, lawful and orderly society. This is a dark time of deep, sober reflections on the state of our dear Lagos, especially the youths,” the unionists added.
Extending its prayers to the victims and families, NUPENG urged members nationwide to remain calm and safe, as the leadership reviews the situation.
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