The head of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers on Sunday announced the termination of the planned withdrawal of tanker operator services, which was supposed to start earlier on Sunday, October 10.
However, it was found that queues of motorists appeared in various parts of Abuja on Sunday as hundreds of gas seekers surrounded gas stations to buy fuel ahead of the planned strike.
NUPENG said the planned suspension of the strike was due to an agreement the NNPC leadership reached with the union at a meeting in Ibadan, Oyo on Sunday.
The postponement is also due to the expected outcome of the next meeting between the trade unions and the NNPC, which is scheduled for Tuesday, October 12, 2021 in Abuja, as stated in the communique.
NUPENG Secretary General Afolabi Olawale said the suspension of the proposed industrial action was based on the trade union’s belief that the agreement reached with the government would be fully implemented.
“We wish to clearly make it known to all well-meaning Nigerians that have variously appealed to us on these issues that our planned industrial action 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,” he told our correspondent.
The union said it was generally aware of the impact its actions had on society, the economy and the nation as a whole, but could not see things continuing to deteriorate in the industry.
The union also stated that if the agreement reached at these two meetings was not fully implemented within the agreed deadline, the union would proceed without notice.