Petroleum tanker drivers on Sunday dropped their plan to embark on a strike from Monday.
This was disclosed by the Group General Manager Group Public Affairs Division, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Garba Deen Muhammad, in a statement.
It reads: “PTD CALLS OFF PLANNED STRIKE
The Petroleum Tanker Drivers have called off their planned strike action.
This development came after intensive engagement involving the leadership of the PTD, NNPC officials and other government agencies.
NNPC 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.
Garba Deen Muhammad.”
Confirming the development in a reaction, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria said government had been given 14 days to look into the issues raised by the tanker drivers.
A statement by the IPMAN Zonal Chairman (South-West), Dele Tajudeen Lamido, reads: “Good afternoon distinguished IPMAN Members of Western Zone. You will recall that we proposed a strike in respect of arbitrary charges charges of DPR and issues of customer express by PPMC.
The Director CEO of DPR immediately called for an emergency meeting through the Zonal Operation controller ( Engr. Cardoso) which we attended and laid down our grievances and concerns. At the end of the meeting we both agreed on 14 days for them to look into our requests and revert back. On the other hand the top management of PPMC also contacted us severally and also requested we allow them to take the issues together with that of DPR.
The Department of State Security Services also intervened and also promised to address our issues very urgently. In the light of all these, the Stakeholders met yesterday and resolved that we give them benefit of doubt.
As at this morning the top hierarchy of PPMC have promised that the issues will be discussed on Tuesday among others things. With the above assurances we are therefore directing our members to continue with their normal business and put the strike on hold while we await the outcome of their meetings.
On behalf of the Western zone stakeholders, I want to sincerely thank our numerous members for their support, advice, calls, and most especially their readines to support the strike.
Please be rest assured of our utmost regards for our members and their businesses.”