There is a ballooning trouble in the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Gas Workers (NUPENG).
And this is one trouble strike or threats of strike can resolve.
The workers are waging an internal war over the alleged sit tight agenda of Union president Igwe Achese.
The president’s tenure is over – the maximum permitted by union rules – but he has refused to allow an election take place according to allegations against.
And he is working in concert with his executive members to remain in office against the wishes of the majority of the members.
Achese reportedly assumed office as President in 2009, and re- contested in 2013 – after an initial 4year term.
“He concluded his second term in the first quarter of 2017 and since then it has been one excuse or the other for not allowing for election to usher in new executives” a source disclosed.
According to information monitored on newsheadline247.com Achese has spurned intervention from respected past national leaders of the union such Frank Kokori and Joseph Akinlaja – now a Federal House of Representatives Member – in pushing his sit tight agenda.
Former National President Peter Akpatason reportedly held a meeting with Achese in October 2017 over the need to allow for a new executive for the good of the Petroleum Workers Union, all the understanding reached are said to have failed to materialized weeks after the stipulated time.
The Central Working Committee and the National Executive Council were said to have secured a March 3 2018 deadline from Achese and the acting general secretary of Union in allowing for a new executive, but the situation remains the same.
This development is said to have ballooned the angst of aggrieved members to boiling point as the centre threatened to collapse in the troubled Union.
Societynow.ng gathered that members are strenuously agitating for a change in leadership and already talks of multiple court cases and related actions are being mulled.
Things are said to have degenerated to the point of threats and counter threats of physical and non-physical moves against one another by the warring members.