NUPENG calls off strike in Lagos State

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The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), has called off the strike action of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) in Lagos State which started earlier today, Monday.

This is contained in the communique signed by the Lagos State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Olateru Odusote and the Deputy National President of NUPENG, Solomon Kilanko, on Monday, August 10, 2020.

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Senior Special Assistant to the Lagos State Governor on New Media, Jubril Gawat, in a series of tweet posts.

Jubril also said  that the state will set up a standing committee to discuss with the union on an ongoing basis to resolve the various issues as they arise. The state government will also review the timing restriction on movement of petroleum tankers within the next week.

According to the communique, some of the decisions taken at the meeting include:

Security Agencies

The State Government will meet with the heads of all security agencies and secure their commitment to ensure the free passage of petroleum products vehicles given their importance to economy.

Area boys

The menace of area boys will be handled by relevant government agencies and a dedicated phone number will be established, within the next week, to ensure that Petroleum Products transporters have prompt access to security agencies

Adhoc Levies

The issue of extra-ordinary 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

Overloading

The downstream petroleum union has committed to ensuring that all tankers are loaded

within the capacities provided for in the regulations and communicated by DPR.

Timing of Movement

Lagos State wilI, within the next one week, review the restriction of timing of move of the petroleum tankers and advise a resolution to ease their access to the tank farms. Union also notes that the ongoing road works are a temporary inhibitor of movement.

Coordination

Lagos State Government will immediately set up a standing Committee to relate with the Union on an ongoing basis to address any issues as they arise.

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