NUPENG Cancels Tuesday Strike




The National Union of Petroleum and Gas Workers Union, NUPENG has called off its planned strike for Tuesday, August 11.

In a meeting with the Lagos State government on Monday the union leaders agreed to call off the strike, meant to press home their grievances over poor state of the roads affecting smooth vehicular movement, multiple levies charged by local governments, menace of hoodlums and security for their members.

The meeting between representatives of the Union and the state government drew up a communiqué, which was signed by the Commissioner of Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Olalere Odusote and Comrade Solomon Kilanko, Deputy National President of the Union.

The areas of agreement reached between the parties were on security agencies, which the state government pledged it would resolve by meeting with heads of security agencies to facilitate unmolested movements of petroleum products vehicles; area boys which, again, the government assured would be handled by security agencies and a dedicated number and levies, which would only be collected by local governments legally.

Other areas of agreements are overloading, bad roads, timing of movement and coordination.

According to the communiqué, “The state government will continue to relate with all road users in the planning and execution of all road works in the state, while the, ”ensuring that tankers are loaded within their capacities provided for and regulated by DPR.”

On timing of movement of the tankers, the government said it would review the restriction of timing of the movement of the tankers and access to tank farms.

A standing committee to relate with the Union on a regular basis was also part of the agreement reached between the parties.