Nigeria’s petroleum tanker drivers droop strike

The Nationwide Union of Pe­troleum and Gasoline Staff (NUPENG) has introduced the suspension of the professional­posed strike by its affiliate members, Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD).

The strike, which might have commenced in the present day, was referred to as off as a result of interven­tion of the Federal Govern­ment.

Based on the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN), this disclosure was made by the South-West zonal chair­man of NUPENG, Mr Tayo Aboyeji, throughout an interview on Sunday in Lagos.

Aboyeji mentioned that the sus­pension is to permit union representatives and that of presidency to handle the knotty points at stake.

He mentioned, “The management of the union after a quick assembly with representa­tives of presidency determined to droop the strike within the curiosity of the nation.

“The assembly with the federal government continues through the week with the peace of mind that the union’s grievances might be positively addressed.”

It might be recalled that on Saturday, NUPENG an­nounced that tanker drivers would begin strike to­day over the deplorable state of the nation’s highways and different points.

Aboyeji had mentioned the union misplaced many lives and property as a consequence of unhealthy roads and frowned at conditions the place the drivers spend 5 to 6 days to get to Abuja due to the shameful state of the roads.

Nonetheless, the Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Corpo­ration (NNPC) on Sunday referred to as on Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) to name off its deliberate strike in the present day within the curiosity and welfare of Ni­gerians.

An announcement by Garba Deen Muhammad, the Cor­poration’s Group Common Supervisor, Group Public Af­festivals Division, famous that the strike was in regards to the condi­tion of roads in varied elements of Nigeria that are used for the distribution of products and companies together with petroleum merchandise.

Based on the state­ment, although it isn’t the accountability of the NNPC to construct or rehabilitate roads, any disruption within the distri­bution of petroleum merchandise to totally different elements of Nigeria will adversely have an effect on the busi­ness of the NNPC and endan­ger power safety, which the nation has loved for a very long time now.

“In recognition of this, the NNPC needs to guarantee the Petroleum Tanker Drivers that along with the ongo­ing efforts by different businesses of presidency, the NNPC has initiated a course of that would offer a fast and efficient resolution to the roads community challenges as expressed by the PTD.

“Having recognised that the most important purpose slowing down the rehabilitation of the highway networks within the nation is the paucity of funds, the NNPC has ex­pressed curiosity in investing within the reconstruction of se­lect federal roads below the Federal Authorities’s Street Infrastructure Growth and Refurbishment Make investments­ment Activity Credit score Scheme.

“The thrust of the NNPC’s intervention is to make con­siderable funds accessible for the reconstruction of roads via its Future Tax Lia­bility.

“NNPC as a accountable company entity recognises the professional issues of the PTD; we, nevertheless, enchantment to the management and members to rethink their determination within the total nationwide curiosity.

“Accordingly, we urge PTD to instantly name off the strike discover and provides the cur­hire efforts by authorities and its businesses an opportunity to unravel the challenges within the curiosity of all.

“We additionally want to sturdy­ly advise Nigerians to not have interaction in panic shopping for of petroleum merchandise because the NNPC has adequate inventory to final via this festive sea­son and past.”


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