UFOMBA UZUEGBU, Asst News Editor
Lagosians ignored the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) strike call over the increase of petrol price from N86 to N145.
But there pockets of riots at Fedeyi bus stop, along Ikorodu road, where thugs mounted barricade, protesting and throwing stones at vehicles passing by. Anti riot policemen arrived on time and dispersed them.
The story was almost the same at the Ikeja local airport, where rioters also blocked the road leading to the airport, Several passengers were stranded as there were no buses to convey them to their places of work.
Meanwhile the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has dissociated itself from the strike action, saying that its members are not on strike and are going about performing their legitimate duties.
It stated that it aligned with the Comrade Joseph Ajaero led faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress not to embark on a nation-wide strike action.
In a statement signed y its President, Comrade Igwe Achese the Union directed all its members nationwide to go to work and ignore the calls by the Ayuba- led faction of the NLC to go on strike.
The Union called on its members working in oil installations, loading depots to be alive to their responsibilities.
NUPENG reiterated that all filling stations must be opened for the petrol station workers to dispense petroleum products to the end users.
The Union enjoined the oil marketers to open their depots for the members of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers to load petroleum products to the different locations in the country.
It stated that the leadership of NUPENG does not subscribe to any strike action and that members should go about their lawful duties, while it awaits full commencement of negotiation with government on review of the minimum wage and palliatives that will cushion the effect of the fuel price hike.