The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) Workers said on Sunday that the planned withdrawal of Petroleum Tanker Drivers’ services, which was set to begin at midnight on Sunday, October 10, has been postponed.
Hundreds of fuel seekers rushed filling stations in Abuja on Sunday in a bid to obtain the commodity ahead of the planned strike action, according to reports.
The scheduled strike has been postponed, according to NUPENG, due to an agreement struck with the union by NNPC management at a meeting held in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Sunday.
The suspension was also owing to the expected conclusion of the follow-up meeting between the union and the NNPC, which is set to take place on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 in Abuja, according to the statement.
The delay of the scheduled strike was based on NUPENG’s trust that the agreement negotiated with the government would be followed to the letter, according to Afolabi Olawale, the union’s General Secretary.
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“We wish to make it clear to all well-meaning Nigerians who have made various appeals to us on these issues that our planned industrial action was not intended to inflict additional pain on Nigerians, but to ensure observance of minimum safety on our highways for the benefit of all Nigerians,” the statement said.
The union stated that it was well aware of the consequences of its actions on individuals, businesses, and the nation as a whole, but it could not continue to watch the industry disintegrate.
The union also indicated that if the agreement achieved in these two meetings was not completely implemented within the agreed-upon timeframe, it would not hesitate to resume the strike without notice.