Petroleum tanker drivers in Lagos have called off their strike.
The leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) had directed the drivers to withdraw their services from Monday over “barrage” of “challenges being consistently faced by petroleum tanker drivers in Lagos State.”
But in a communique jointly signed by the Lagos Commissioner of Energy and Mineral Resources, Olalere Odusote, and NUPENG Deputy National President, Solomon Kilanko, later on Monday, the union agreed to call off the strike.
The parties agreed that the state government would set up a standing committee to relate with the union on an ongoing basis to address any issue as they arise.
“The Lagos State Government met today with the representatives of NUPENG, which agreed to call off its strike immediately,” the communique read in part.
“Other decisions taken at the meeting are Security Agencies – the state government will meet the heads of all security agencies and secure their commitment to ensure the free passage of petroleum products vehicles given their importance to the economy.
“Area boys – the menace of area boys will be handled by relevant government agencies and a dedicated phone number will be established, within next week to ensure the petroleum products transporters have prompt access to security agencies.
“Ad hoc Levies – The issue of extraordinary levies by a particular local government will be investigated and local government will immediately be advised to collect only levies that are legally due.
“Bad Roads – It is understood by the parties that road works are a necessary path to progress; the state government will continue to relate with all road users in the planning and execution of road works in the state.
“Lagos State Government will immediately set up a standing Committee to relate with the Union on an ongoing basis to address any issue as they arise.”