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Petrol scarcity averted as NUPENG calls off strike

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has suspended its nationwide strike, following the intervention the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

Mediating over the face-off between the Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD, and the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners, NARTO, on Monday at the NNPC Towers, the group managing director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, announced the approval of bridging allowance from N6.20 to N7.20.

“We understand the difficulty of NARTO to go into negotiations with PTD which has to do with the level of bridging allowance. I am happy to announce that the Honourable minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, has given his approval to increase the bridging allowance from N6.20 to N7.20,” Mr Baru revealed.

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Mr Baru said the review should give NARTO the breathing space to engage with PTD to immediately discuss and resolve as many of the issues as possible, adding that the gesture, was expected to normalize relations between the unions.

The GMD explained that NNPC intervened in the faceoff between the unions in order to ensure the energy security of the nation, adding that ordinarily the dispute was only between PTD and its employer, NARTO.

Announcing the suspension of the strike, the NUPENG National President, Igwe Achese  said with the intervention of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and the GMD  NNPC who has done so much to ensure efficient supply and distribution of petroleum products across the country, hence, the strike was hereby suspended.

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The national president of PTD, Salimon Oladiti, applauded the GMD and his management for their timely intervention and urged them to address the unruly behavior of security agencies towards their members.

On his part, the national president of NARTO, Kassim Bataiya, assured the GMD that with his intervention, the condition of service document would be reviewed to improve the drivers’ welfare.

Honourable Joseph Akinlaja, Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Downstream, who represented Speaker Yakubu Dogara, commended the GMD on his intervention, adding that this has saved the country a lot.

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