HUNDREDS of workers at the Ughelli Pumping Station, UPS of the Nigeria Petroleum Development Commission, NPDC, have shutdown commercial operations at the station over the non-payment of their nine months salary by the company.
The station which plays host to four crude oil tank farms, receives products from six oil fields within the Oil Mining Lease 30 and supplies crude oil and gas to the Forcados Terminal, Warri and Kaduna refineries.
When Pandissblog reporter visited the station, yesterday, the protesters were seen at the entrance of the station with placards with inscriptions such as; “NPDC pay us our salary,” “We need our salary from December 2015 to July 2016,” “Surveillance workers are not slaves to NPDC,” among others.
Addressing newsmen on the rationale for the protest, leaders of the protesters, Joseph Onororayevwehra and Jonathan Igiri, threatened that if their demands were not met in the next five days, they would take a “decisive action” against the company.
“We have only allowed Terminal, Panel and Order operators to work skeletally inside the station for now and permitted some staff of the company to gain access into the yard after the Commanding Officer of the 222 Battalion made a passionate appeal to us today (yesterday),” they said.
Attempts, to speak with the Station’s Management proved abortive as the station’s Superintendent and Team Leader refused comments while the NPDC External Relations Officer, Mr. Ugo Atugboko could not be reached for comments at press time.