'Total shutdown': Electricity workers, PENGASSAN set to join NLC strike


The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), say its members will join the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in the planned indefinite nationwide strike.

The labour had threatened to go on an indefinite nationwide strike from October 3 over the removal of the petrol subsidy by the federal government and its attendant impacts on Nigerians.

Specifically, the labour is asking the government for tax exceptions, allowances to public sector workers, reduction of cost of governance, and wage awards following the removal of the petrol subsidy.

Earlier in the month, the NLC had embarked on a two-day warning strike after which the federal government was given a 21-day ultimatum to meet its demands.

The ultimatum expired on Tuesday without the government attending to the requests of the union.

Also, the meeting between the federal government and the leadership of NLC scheduled to hold on Friday to prevent the planned nationwide strike by the unions failed to take place.

Aligning with the labour unions, NUEE, in a statement signed by Dominic Ogwebike, acting general secretary, directed its members to commence full mobilisation to ensure compliance with the directive.

"Hence, we are to totally withdraw our services and participate in street protests and rallies until the government responds to our demands," the statement reads.

"To this effect, all National, State and Chapter executives are requested to start mobilization of our members in total compliance with this directive.

"Please note that withdrawal of Services nationwide commences from 0.00 hours of Tuesday, October 3, 2023."

"The employees are encouraged to work with the leadership of state executive councils (SEC) of the congress in various states with a view to having a successful action."


On its part, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) in a recent statement, directed members in the formal and informal sectors of the Nigeria oil and gas industry to commence full mobilisation for the indefinite strike.

The union directed its members to ensure unwavering compliance with the directive of the two labour centres to all affiliate industrial unions to embark on a nationwide industrial action from October 3, 2023.

"The leadership of NUPENG finds it so disturbing and unfortunate, that the federal government of Nigeria and other tiers of governments are so insensitive to the excruciating and debilitating socio/economic pains Nigerians are passing through as a result of very harsh and sudden economic policies taken by this administration without any accompanying socio/economic policies to ameliorate and cushion the immediate  effects and impacts those difficult and harsh policies are having on the citizenry," PENGASSAN said.

The union said the "apparent lack of regard and respect" for cries and yearnings of the organised labour, civil society organisations and the general public by the administration, is worrisome.


At the moment, more trade unions have declared their support for the planned strike.

The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) has directed its state councils to immediately commence intensive mobilisation of members "in total compliance to the indefinite strike, peaceful protest and rallies as has been declared by the organised labour".

Also, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) in circular by Peters Adeyemi, its general secretary, instructed its members to "embark on total and comprehensive strike action as directed", with a view to getting the federal government to react positively to the demands of labour.

Others unions are National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), the Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAI), the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), the Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU), and the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUHAP).