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Nigeria’s two main oil workers’ unions have begun a nationwide strike, threatening to hurt the output of Africa’s largest oil producer.

BBC reporters say long queues have formed at many petrol stations.

The unions, Pengassan and Nupeng, said the strike would continue until the government addressed its concerns.

These include the adoption of the delayed Petroleum Industry Bill, aimed at overhauling the sector and maintenance work on oil refineries.

The unions frequently go on strike or threaten to strike.

This time, the two unions were initially demanding the reinstatement of representatives who had been dismissed by oil companies, but now their list of complaints has grown.

They are now protesting that the government has allowed Nigeria’s oil refineries to fall into disrepair and that the poor state of the country’s roads is hindering the transport of oil.

They are also asking for the price of petrol to be reduced and oil theft to be stopped.

“We’ve commenced the strike. It will affect oil production, since all operations are on strike,” Pengassan chief Babatunde Oke told Reuters.

via BBC

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