Petrol tanker drivers have called off their one-day old strike, after intervention by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
President of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG), Igwe Achese, announced an end to the crippling strike, after a meeting by NNPC group managing director, Maikanti Baru, with officials of NUPENG and National Road Transport Operators (NARTO) in Abuja.
The one day old strike had grounded the loading of products at all private and Nnpc oil depots in Lagos metropolis, as the striking drivers abandoned their tankers.
Speaking after the extensive meeting, NNPC group managing director, announced that petroleum resources minister of state, Ibe Kachikwu, had approved an increase in the bridging allowance of tanker drivers from N6.20 to N7.20.
Bridging is money paid tanker drivers per kilometre for trucking petroleum products from depots to final destinations.
Mediating between the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners, NARTO, and the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), Baru said ”we understand the difficulty of NARTO to go into negotiations which has to do with the level of bridging allowance.
”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”, Baru said in the statement.
The bridging allowance top the demands of the striking tanker drivers, which includes the early passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, rehabilitation of highways and review of their condition of service with employers which had expired.