The Lagos State Government said it won’t be blackmailed into paying the alleged N224 million owed the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers NUPENG for the supply of diesel and kerosene to the state government.
In a statement signed yesterday by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the government recalled that the said transaction took place between an independent marketer and the Lagos State Public Works Corporation, LSPWC, before this present government assumed office.
He said that independent marketers wrote to the government about the transaction and that the state government replied that it will investigate the transaction.
According to Ayorinde, “The investigation proved that the claim by the company was fraudulent but while investigation was still ongoing, the company went to NUPENG, and the association agreed to demonstrate on behalf of the company.”
It would be recalled that the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, South-West Chairman, Tokunbo Korodo, said the union will picket the Lago State Government over non-payment of N224 million debt for execution of direct labour projects in Ojodu between October 2014 and May 2015.
Mr. Korodo had threatened that about 1,000 petroleum tankers would picket the Governor’s Office, House of Assembly and ministries.
However, Ayorinde said that, “Our position is that the Lagos State Government cannot be
stampeded or blackmailed into making payments that have not been verified for which investigation is still ongoing.
“While government is not against peaceful protest by aggrieved citizens, we would like to urge Lagosians to go about their businesses peacefully.
“No amount of blackmail will stop the government from strictly following due process and rule of law,” he stated.

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