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Relief as NUPENG/tanker drivers suspend strike

It was a big relief yesterday, Monday April 3 2017, as the petroleum tanker drivers suspended its planned strike after the first day in action.

Mr Tokunbo Korodo, the South West zonal chairman of NUPENG who confirmed the suspension through a text said: “We have just finished discussion with the Federal Government and the strike has been sus­pended now.”

Corroborating Mr. Korodo, President of NUPENG, Igwe Achese, also confirmed that the strike had been called off saying the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources , Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has approved an increase of the tanker drivers’ bridging allowance from N6.20 to N7.20.

He noted that the grouse of the drivers are poor work­ing conditions and welfare package, among others.

The NUPENG President said the Federal Government had ignored several appeals by the union to help improve the welfare of the drivers.