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Oil and gasÂ workersÂ in the country on Tuesday threatened to commence aÂ nationwide strike beginning from January if theÂ Federal GovernmentÂ fails to reverse its plans to privatise the countryâ€™s four refineries.
The workers, whoÂ stagedÂ aÂ peaceful protestÂ at the headquarters of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, demanded the Federal Government to call the minister of petroleum resources, to rescind the decision or face massive fuel scarcity.
The protest, which had over 200 employees inÂ attendance, was organised by the Petroleum andÂ Natural GasÂ Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers.
SpeakingÂ to journalists on the sidelines of the protest, the President, PENGASSAN, Mr. Babatunde Ogun, said, â€œWe are giving them (government) from now till December 24 to rescind their plan of privatising the refineries. We will allow travelers to be able to move from one destination to the other till the end of the year.
â€œFailure to retract the statement on planned privatization will lead to a nationwide strike beginning from the first week of January 2014. We hope they revers the plan as failure will result to complete grounding of activities in the sector.â€
The petroleum minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke, had announced that the Federal Government was working hard to complete the privatization of the four refineries before the end of the first quarter of next year.