By Yemi Akintomide
The leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), has announced the suspension of the intended withdrawal of the services of Petroleum Tanker Drivers earlier scheduled to commence midnight of Sunday, 10th October, 2021.
The decision to suspend the action was reached following the understanding between the union and the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) at a meeting held in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Sunday, 10th October 2021.
In a statement issued at the end of the meeting and signed by NUPENG President, Comrade (Prince) Williams Akporeha and General Secretary, Comrade Afolabi Olawale , a follow-up meeting is scheduled to hold on Tuesday, 12, October 2021 in Abuja, the Nation’s capital city.
“The suspension of our planned action is predicated on our belief that the understanding reached with the government today as well as at the meeting of Tuesday 12th, October 2021 will be fulfilled to the letters.
“We wish to clearly make it known to all well-meaning Nigerians that have variously appealed to us on these issues that our plan was not intended to inflict further pain on Nigerians but to ensure observance of minimum safety on our highways for the good of lives and properties.
“We are well aware of the impacts our actions usually have on the people, businesses and the nation at large but we cannot continue to watch as things continue to degenerate in our industry”.
The union said it “will not hesitate to re-commence the action without any notice if the understanding reached in these two meetings are not fully implemented within the timeframe agreed.
“With this, our Petroleum Tanker Drivers are hereby directed to continue providing services for the efficient and effective distribution of Petroleum products to homes and workplaces across the country,” it stated.