By Victor Ahiuma-Young
LAGOS — NATIONAL Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has issued a 14-day ultimatum to the government to among others, arrest and prosecute the soldier who alleged killed a tanker driver, Mr. Mohammed Saidu, in Jos, Plateau State, and order soldiers in Bori Barracks in Port Harcourt and at Odogbo Barracks Ojo, in Ibadan, to release two tankers loaded with products since a yea ago or the union would be force to embark on industrial unrest.
Other grievances include the Mareva Injunction by Bank PHB against MRS Holdings which frooze all the accounts of MRS making it impossible for the company not only to function, but unable to pay workers salaries.
At a briefing in Lagos, yesterday, President of NUPENG, Comrade Igwe Achese,said: “The injunction has led to the freezing of the bank account of MRS Holdings Limited and all MRS Oil and Gas Limited bank accounts.
This order has led to the non-payment of salaries and union dues by MRS Oil and Gas Limited to its workers including the tanker drivers.
“It has also led to its inability to import and discharge petroleum products, non-sales, lack of loading etc. MRS oil and gas is the major marketer that supplies petroleum products to the North.
Speaking on the Jos killing, the NUPENG President said: “We are disturbed by the wanton killing of one of our members by name Mohammed Saidu, a tanker driver, of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers branch by a trigger-happy soldier in Jos.
It is a dastardly act by the soldier who shot at Mohammed Saidu, 42, an employee of Himmah Merchants Nigeria Limited on November 6, 2010 while driving an Iveco truck loaded with petroleum product.