The All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) has observed with sadness that the current scarcity of petroleum products in Abuja, the nation’s capital, may spread nationwide as the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Monday served a four-day notice to embark on a nationwide strike should the Federal Government fail by Thursday to effect payments of outstanding subsidy monies to fuel importers and depot owners.
This is adding to the fact that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said it has concluded arrangements to call workers in the country out on industrial action on Wednesday as solidarity with workers of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) who are insisting that the government is not treating them fairly by paying them their due severance package before the planned privatization of the power company.
The ANPP noted that when these two labour unions down their tools it is the citizens of this great nation that will certainly suffer.
The party therefore in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Emma Eneukwu urged that the government should by all means carry out its privatization policy with a human face.
Moreso, the Federal Government, which had waited until the mass protest of January this year to wake up to its responsibility of looking into the abysmal corruption taking place right inside its backyard, has to consider the people before raising the fury of the oil marketers.
The ANPP therefore calls on all interests concerned in this sordid national drama to consider the suffering masses and actively seek for a middle ground in the spirit of consensus and patriotism.