The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) embarked on strike in Delta State, according to its President Williams Akporeha.
Akoreha revealed this on Thursday in Lagos as he briefed the media where he gave the military a 24-hour ultimatum to vacate the premises of Sterling Energy Exploration Company (SEEPCO) and its drilling arm, British Oil and Gas Ltd located in Warri, Delta.
NUPENG noted that it would go on a nationwide strike if the military does not obey their order.
“NUPENG as an organization has written to the Chief of Army Staff that soldiers be removed from the work site, that what we have on the ground is not a terrorist situation but an industrial relations matter,” he said.
“Our prayers right now is that those soldiers that are there be redeployed within the next 24 hours or else we shall have no option but to embark on a nationwide industrial action.”
According to Akporeha over 2,000 of its members had been sacked by the oil and gas companies for active unionism, a development he described as oppressive.
“We have directed our members in Delta State to withdraw their services in protest of this unfortunate situation and we using this opportunity to also ask the governor of the state to immediately intervene to avoid turning his state into a dance floor for industrial crisis,” he said.