Tanker drivers in Nigeria have suspended the strike which was intended to commence on Monday following the decision of the federal government to increase payment to marketers at the end of a meeting with representatives of the unions.
THEWILL recalls that the South-West Chairman of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas employees (NUPENG), Tokunbo Korodo, had said the outcome of the meeting between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the union would determine whether the strike will go on or not.
At the end of the meeting, on Monday, which held at the headquarters of NNPC in Abuja, Igwe Achese, President of NUPENG, announced that the strike had been called off as Maikanti Baru, GMD of NNPC, announced the approval of bridging allowance – the money paid to marketers for the transportation of petroleum products from depots to filling stations – from N6.20 to N7.20
Baru expressed delight that the unions cooperated with the government observing that Nigerians might have experienced another round of fuel scarcity under the current administration.
The GMD explained that NNPC intervened in the face-off between the unions in order to ensure the energy security of the nation, as he urged all parties to immediately discuss and resolve as many of the issues as possible, adding that the gesture was expected to normalise relations between the unions.
“We understand the difficulty of NARTO to go into negotiations with PTD which has to do with the level of bridging allowance,” he said.
“I am happy to announce that the honourable minister of state for petroleum resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has given his approval to increase the bridging allowance from N6.20 to N7.20.”