The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) announced on Wednesday, July 31, that it has issued a seven-day strike notice following a dispute with oil and gas companies operating in the country. According to local media reports, representatives from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation met with NUPENG in Abuja on Thursday, August 1, in an attempt to prevent the industrial actions. NUPENG members are expected to go on strike starting on Wednesday, August 7, if an agreement is not reached. In their statement, the union said it would take all necessary legal options available to them if their demands are not met by the deadline. If the strike is held, it could result in fuel scarcities and a rise in fuel costs, which in turn may cause vehicle movement restrictions and an increase in food prices. Associated protests are also possible by either striking workers or in the event of fuel shortages.
Individuals in Nigeria are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities. In the event of fuel shortages, individuals are advised to fill up their vehicles whenever gasoline is available, to ensure sufficient fuel reserves before all long journeys, and to expect longer waiting times at gas stations.
The security environment in Nigeria is complex and is particularly challenging in the northeast and extreme south of the country due to the presence of armed groups, high crime rates, and the risk of kidnapping. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel to such areas.
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