Members of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has been instructed to stay at home in obedience to the directive set by the Federal and State government geared towards curtailing the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease in the country.
All members of NUPENG from Petroleum tanker drivers, petrol station workers, petroleum depot workers, independent marketers’ employees to oil and gas suppliers, surface tankers, kerosene peddlers, and liquefied petroleum gas retailers are to stay at home.
In a statement describing its members as ‘vulnerable’, NUPENG advised stakeholders in the Nigerian oil and gas downstream sector to follow all protocols and recommended safety measures the World Health Organization’s (WHO) and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to protect themselves from the virus during this period.
NUPENG also said it is actively monitoring the situation on the ground to ensure that the vulnerable members of the union are safe and their welfare catered for as they could easily get exposed to the virus in the course of duty.
The statement signed by the union’s national president, Williams Akporeha and the General Secretary, Afolabi Olawale, read in part, “In the light of the above, the union may be forced to direct these workers to stay at home with effect from 00.00hrs on Friday 27th March 2020, this is a very difficult decision but necessary and important with respect to the safety of these set of workers who are our members in the informal sector.
“Meanwhile, NUPENG is also using this opportunity to encourage all our members across the country to continue to adhere strictly to social distancing and high level of hygienic behavior at work, at home, on the streets and with everyone they interface within their daily activities.
“This is to reduce the spread of the contagious Covid-19 and keep the socio-economic activities of the country alive industrially, domestically and commercially.”