- Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers has suspended its planned indefinite strike
- The strike was suspended following the intervention of Lagos state government officials
- Recall that the union directed its members to withdraw their services in Lagos over the government's failure to address some of its grievances
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The people can breathe a sigh of relief as the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has suspended its planned strike.
NUPENG called off the planned withdrawal of petroleum tanker drivers from Lagos following the intervention of state government officials.
According to The Nation, Williams Akporeha, the national president, made the announcement, adding that the union decided to suspend the strike after reaching a resolution with the state government.
“Strike (has been) suspended after engagement and resolution reached with Lagos state government,” Akporeha said.
At the weekend, the union directed petroleum tanker drivers to withdraw from the state with effect from Monday, August 10, over alleged failure of relevant authorities to address their concerns about bad roads, extortion by security agencies and street urchins, among others.
Recall that NUPENG fixed a date for indefinite strike in the state following the failure of the state government and other relevant bodies to address some rather disturbing issues that have been on for quite a while.
NUPENG's national president, alongside its general secretary, Olawale Afolabi, on Friday, August 7, said that one of the frustrating issues is the congestion at the Apapa area of the state which is yet to be dealt with.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that amid the harsh economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic felt strongly by many Nigerians, there are indications that they may have to pay more for petroleum products very soon.
This is as the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) has approved the increase of petrol price per litre from N132 to N138.
This decision by PPPRA was confirmed on Tuesday, August 4, by the national vice president of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Abubakar Maigandi.
A PPPRA source who attended the meeting where prices were reviewed disclosed that the agency is yet to decide on a new pump price.
In a related development, the pump price of petrol is now N150 per litre for residents of Kano state, according to a new directive by the leadership of IPMAN in the state.
The directive was contained in a statement by the Kano state chapter of IPMAN, Bashir Danmallam.
Danmallam said the directive follows the new price modulation allegedly announced by the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC).
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