The leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) yesterday announced the suspension of the planned withdrawal of the services by petroleum tanker drivers earlier scheduled to begin by midnight yesterday.
The suspension, according to the union, followed the understanding the union reached with the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) at a meeting yesterday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, and the expected outcome of a follow-up meeting scheduled to hold tomorrow in Abuja.
NUPENG National President William Akporeha and General Secretary Afolabi Olawale signed the statement.
It reads: “The suspension of our planned action is predicated on our belief that the understanding reached with the government today as well as at meeting of Tuesday, October 12, 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 pains 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.”
“In the light of the above, the union will not hesitate to re-commence the action without any notice, if the understanding reached in these two meetings is 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.”
“Our solidarity remains constant for the union makes us strong.”