Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), arm of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), yesterday suspended its nationwide strike following the intervention of the Federal Government.
NUPENG National President, Comrade Igwe Achese, commended the intervention of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and the GMD, NNPC, Ibe Kachikwu, who has done so much to ensure efficient supply and distribution of petroleum products across the country, for the suspension of the strike.
The reports of the suspension were confirmed by both the chairman of Nigerian union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers Igwe Achese and the officials of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
The decision to suspend the strike followed the intervention of the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) where the Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru, at a meeting with the union in Abuja Monday, announced a raise in the drivers bridging cost allowance from the current N6.20 per litre to N7.20 with immediate effect.
Bridging cost is the allowance paid to marketers for the transportation of petroleum products from the storage depots to retail outlets across the country.
The union representatives had met with the Minister of Labour, Senator Chris Ngige, officials from the NNPC and the employers body around 3 p.m yesterday to find solution to the crisis.