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The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria will begin a nationwide strike today to protest the inability of the Federal Government to carry out turnaround maintenance of the nation’s four refineries and reduce pump prices of petrol in line with the slump in global prices of crude oil.

The President, PENGASSAN, Mr. Francis Johnson, in a telephone interview with one of a correspondent of Punch on Sunday night, confirmed the strike report.

“We are starting the strike by tomorrow (today) and as events unfold, we will let people know,” he said.

The NUPENG National President, Mr. Achese Igwe, also said on Sunday that the strike was also to protest the alleged sacking of the Zonal Secretary of the Senior Staff Association (Port Harcourt Zone), Mrs. Elo Ogbonda, by Total Exploration and Production.

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