By Victor Ahiuma-Young
ABUJA â€” REPRESENTATIVES of the Federal Government and leaders of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, yesterday began a marathon meeting to avert a planned strike by members in the Oil and Gas Supplies (OGS) branch following theÂ failure of the Federal Government to redeem its pledge to pay up close to N2 billion debtÂ the managements of Mobile Telecommunications, MTEL, and Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE, owed one of their employers,Â B.B. King Oil (W.a.) Ltd.
Although Vanguard gathered that the Federal Government promised to pay the debt at the close of work yesterday, but leaders of NUPENG, said they would wait till today when the meeting reconvenes to ascertain whether the government has redeemed its pledge or not before the union would determine the next line of action.
But for the ongoing meeting, the planned strike would have commenced midnight yesterday.
.National Chairman of OGS branch of NUPENG, Comrade Benneth Korie who spoke with Vanguard during the meeting, said officials of the Finance Ministry and others were attending the meeting while NUPENG was led by its new President, Comrade Igwe Achese.