Just In! Petroleum tanker drivers suspend tomorrow’s strike

The National Union of Petroleum and Gas Workers, (NUPENG), on Sunday said that the planned strike by its affiliate members, Petroleum Tanker Drivers, (PTD), has been suspended.

The strike, which would have kicked off on Monday, disrupting fuel supply, was shelved because of the intervention by the Federal Government.

Mr Tayo Aboyeji, the South-West Zonal Chairman of NUPENG, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Lagos.

According to Aboyeji, the suspension is to allow union’s representatives and that of government to address the knotty issues at stake.

“The leadership of the union, after a brief meeting with representatives of government, decided to suspend the strike in the interest of the nation.

“The meeting with the government continues during the week with the assurance that the union grievances will be positively addressed,” he said.

Recall that NUPENG had said, on Saturday, that the tanker drivers would commence strike tomorrow, Monday, over the deplorable state of the nation’s highways and other issues. Aboyeji said the union has lost many lives and property due to bad roads.

Also, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Sunday appealed to the drivers to immediately shelve their planned strike in order not to further hurt the economy and Nigerians in general.

The NNPC Spokesman, Garba Deen Mohammed, made the appeal in a statement in Abuja.

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