In a statement issued on Sunday, the National Union of Petroleum and Gas Workers (NUPENG) announced that the planned strike by its affiliate members, the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), has been postponed until further notice.
Because of the intervention of the Federal Government, the strike, which was scheduled to begin on Monday and disrupt fuel supplies, has been postponed until further notice.
Tayo Aboyeji, the South-West Zonal Chairman of the Nigerian Petroleum Engineering Group (NUPENG), revealed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
According to Aboyeji, the suspension is being implemented to give union representatives and representatives from the government time to address the difficult issues at hand.
Following a brief meeting with representatives from the government, the union’s leadership decided to suspend the strike in the interest of the country.”
According to him, “the meeting with the government will continue this week, and we have been given assurances that the union grievances will be positively addressed.”
The Nigerian Union of Tanker Drivers (NUPENG) announced on Saturday that the tanker drivers would go on strike on Monday over the poor state of the country’s highways and other issues.
Aboyeji stated that the union has suffered many losses in terms of lives and property as a result of poor road conditions.
It is not the first time that a strike has been called, but this is the first time that the strike has been called off because it will affect the vast majority of Nigerians. “However, our options are limited at this point,” he said.
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A statement on Sunday by the national leadership of the union confirmed the development.
See the full statement below:
The leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers hereby announced the suspension of the intended withdrawal of the services of Petroleum Tanker Drivers earlier scheduled to commence midnight of Sunday, 10th October 2021 following the understanding reached with the Union by the management of NNPC at a meeting held in Ibadan, Oyo State, today, 10th October 2021 and the expected outcome of the follow up meeting that is scheduled to hold on Tuesday, 12, October 2021 in Abuja as contained in the communique issued today.
The suspension of our planned action is predicated on our belief that the understanding reached with the government today as well as at meeting of Tuesday 12th, October 2021 will be fulfilled to the letters.
We wish to clearly made it known to all well meaning Nigerians that have variously appealed to us on these issues that our planned was not intended to inflict further pains on Nigerians but to ensure observance of minimum safety on our highways for the good of lives and properties.
We are well aware of the impacts our actions usually have on the people, businesses and the nation at large but we cannot continue to watch as things continue to degenerate in our industry.
In the light of the above, the Union will not hesitate to re- commence the action without any notice if the understanding reached in these two meetings are not fully implemented within the timeframe agreed.
With this , our Petroleum Tanker Drivers are hereby directed to continue providing services for the efficient and effective distribution of Petroleum products to homes and workplaces across the country.
Our Solidarity remains constant for the Union makes us strong.
Comrade William Akporeha
Comrade Afolabi Olawale
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