How Tanker Drivers’ Strike In Akwa Ibom Was Called Off
It has emerged that the strike action by the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) which caused severe fuel scarcity in Akwa Ibom for more than a week was called off following a meeting involving representatives of the State Government, PTD, Independent Petroleum Marketers’ Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) in the office of the Secretary to the State Government on Monday.
A release signed by the special assistant to the governor on petroleum Matters, Engr. Festus Sunday, the deputy national President of NUPENG, Comrade Bassey Harry, and the national president of the PTD, Comrade Canaan Otu, explained that the strike action was called off in order to stop continued hardship inflicted on the generality of Akwa Ibom people and residents.
According to the release, the special assistant has apologized to the people for the hardship suffered over the period of the strike action.
Consequently, the release has directed sellers of petroleum products in the state to immediately revert to the Government regulated price of N145.00 per litre, adding that failure to comply with the directive will attract sanctions.
The release also urged the PTD and security agents on routine duties in the state to always conduct themselves within the ambit of the law in the discharge of their responsibilities.