NUPENG calls off strike, tanker drivers resume work

He said the government will engage with Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) to immediately discuss and resolve as numerous issues as possible.

The Petroleum Tankers Drivers (PTD) section of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has called off their decision to go on a nationwide strike which was supposed to start yesterday.

He said the strike would have started last Monday, but the national secretariat of NUPENG, pleaded with members of the PTD to shelve the action while NUPENG's leadership sought for government's intervention, lamenting that despite all letters, meetings and appeals to government agencies for intervention, nothing positive came out as at yesterday.

Rep. Nicholas Ossai (Delta-PDP) has urged petroleum tanker drivers to shelve the nationwide strike to save Nigerians from its attendant economic hardship.

He said the approval by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, raised the allowance from the current N6.20 per litre to N7.20 with immediate effect.

"They issues included bad roads, poor remuneration, insecurity and alleged excesses of some security agencies".

"The activities of the official of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps on the roads is not helping the matter, " Korodo said.

Earlier at the opening of the meeting, Mr. Baru said the federal government had approved the immediate increment of bridging cost allowance payable to petroleum product marketers by 16.13 per cent. We expect that with this, you will call off the strike immediately.

He noted that the grouse of the drivers are poor working conditions and welfare package among others.

"The tanker drivers for the past three years have been appealing to the Nigeria Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) to increase their salary but they refused on the ground that spare parts had increased".

Announcing the suspension of the strike, the NUPENG National President, Mr Igwe Achese, said with the intervention of Kachikwu and Baru, NNPC "has done so much to ensure efficient supply and distribution of petroleum products across the country, hence, the strike is hereby suspended".

  • Joanne Flowers