The Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) union has called off its planned strike. This development came after intensive engagement involving the leadership of the PTD, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) officials and other government agencies.
According to Garba Deen Muhammad, NNPC’s spokesman, the corporation “wishes to appreciate the maturity and patriotism of the leadership of the PTD; and to also reiterate its resolve to actively participate in finding a quick and effective solution to the concerns raised by the PTD.”
Also in line with that, the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers issued a statement that it “hereby announced the suspension of the intended withdrawal of the services of Petroleum Tanker Drivers earlier scheduled to commence midnight of Sunday, 10th October 2021.”
That followed the understanding reached with the Union by the management of NNPC “at a meeting held in Ibadan, Oyo State, today, 10th October 2021 and the expected outcome of the follow-up meeting that is scheduled to hold on Tuesday, 12, October 2021 in Abuja as contained in the communique issued today.”
As contained in a statement signed by PTD’s President, Comrades William Akporeha and Afolabi Olawale, General Secretary, the “suspension of our planned strike is predicated on our belief that the understanding reached with the government today as well as a meeting of Tuesday 12th, October 2021 will be fulfilled to the letters.”
PTD went further: “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 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.
Our Solidarity remains constant for the Union makes us strong.”