Petroleum tanker drivers suspend nationwide strike

Petroleum tanker drivers on Monday suspended its strike following the decision of the federal government to increase payment to marketers.

A meeting between the NNPC and representatives of the union held at the headquarters of NNPC in Abuja on Monday.

General Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC), Maikanti Baru said bridging allowance was increased from N6.20 to N7.20 at the end of a meeting with representatives of the unions.

President of NUPENG, Igwe Achese announced that the strike has been called off.

Baru said the union leaders cooporated with the government.

“We understand the difficulty of NARTO to go into negotiations with PTD which has to do with the level of bridging allowance,” he said.

“I am happy to announce that the honourable minister of state for petroleum resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has given his approval to increase the bridging allowance from N6.20 to N7.20.”

He said the government will engage with Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) to immediately discuss and resolve as many of the issues as possible.

National Chairman of National Petroleum Tanker Drivers, Salimon Oladiti urged the government to address the unruly behavior of security agencies towards the members.

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