NUPENG Backs Down On Nationwide Strike

  • Heeds FG, NNPC’s appeal

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

According to the oil Union, the strike, scheduled to commence early on Monday, was shelved following the Federal Government’s intervention.

South-West Zonal Chairman of NUPENG, Comrade Tayo Aboyeji, who dropped the hints in Lagos, said the suspension is to allow the Union’s representatives and their government counterparts engage on ways to effectively address the knotty issues at stake.

Speaking in an chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Comrade Aboyeji said; “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.

NUPENG had on Saturday threatened the tanker drivers would commence their strike on 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.

“This is not the first time that we will signify our intention to go on strike but we have to call it off because it will generally affect majority of Nigerians but now our hands are tied,” he said.

Earlier on Sunday, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had pleaded with the drivers to shelve their planned strike to avert further hurt on the economy and Nigerians in general. – NAN reports

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