The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has called off its strike, which commenced on Monday.
A communique jointly signed by the Honourable Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Olalere Odusote and the Deputy National President of NUPENG, Mr Solomon O. Kilanko, stated that both parties agreed, at a meeting held Monday at the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, that the Government would meet with heads of all security agencies to prevent further disturbance of vehicles conveying petroleum products.
The two sides agreed that the issue of “area boys”would be addressed by the State.
They also agreed that a dedicated phone number would be established within one week to enable petroleum product transporters gain prompt access to security agencies.
While assuring that the allegation of extra-ordinary levies charged by a particular local government would be investigated promptly, the communique said that “the State government will continue to relate with all road users in the planning and execution of road works in the State.”
NUPENG also made a commitment that all tankers would not exceed the loading capacity of trucks as provided in the regulations and in compliance with the directives of the Department of Petroleum Resources.
Disclosing that the State would review the timing restriction on movement of petroleum tankers within the next one week, Odusote said recommendationswould be put forward to the government on ways to ease access of petroleum tankers to tank farms.
“Lagos State Government will immediately set up a standing committee to relate with the Union on an ongoing basis to address any issues as they arise,” the statement added.