Oil-tanker drivers call off strike
Nigerian oil-tanker drivers, after a one-day strike over poor pay and bad condition of the roads in the country called it off, a few hours after it began the much publicised industrial action on Monday.
This was sequel to the Federal Government’s intervention, which ended the threat to fuel shortage through out the country.
“We called off the strike because of our respect to the government’s intervention and promises to look into the drivers’ demands,” said Charles Eleto, the Lagos regional chairman for the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), one of Nigeria’s two major oil workers’ unions.
In a meeting in the capital Abuja on Monday, the head of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation agreed with NUPENG’s president to increase transportation fees for the workers, said a spokesman for the firm.
The oil tanker drivers had earlier said that their individual action would be nationwide and in compliance with the union’s resolve to withdraw their services until their demands were met.
Panic buying was already surfacing at various fuel stations in parts of the country resulting from the threat of the strike.