Tanker drivers call off planned strike
Efforts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has yielded results with the suspension of the strike planned by the petroleum tanker drivers from midnight of Sunday, 10 October 2021.
A statement by the spokesperson of the Corporation, Garba Deen Muhammad made available to ASHENEWS, said the “development came after intensive engagement involving the leadership of the PTD, NNPC officials and other government agencies.”
NNPC appreciated “the maturity and patriotism of the leadership of the PTD; and to also reiterate its resolve to actively participate in finding a quick and effective solution to the concerns raised by the PTD.”
Also, the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas, NUPENG, announced the “suspension of the intended withdrawal of the services of petroleum tanker drivers earlier scheduled to commence midnight of Sunday, 10th October 2021.
A statement by the president, Comrade William Akporeha and General Secretary, Comrade Afolabi Olawale said, the decision followed “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.
“The suspension of our planned action is predicated on our belief that the understanding reached with the government today as well as the meeting of Tuesday 12th, October 2021 will be fulfilled to the letters.
“We wish to clearly make it known to all well meaning Nigerians that have variously appealed to us on these issues that our planned strike 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,” the statement reads.
The Union however warned that it would commence the strike without notice of government failed to implement the agreement within time frame.
“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.”