Tanker drivers have suspended their industrial action in Lagos State.
The decision was made known in a joint communique signed by Olalere Odusote, the Lagos State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources; and Solomon Kilanko, the Deputy National President of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG).
“The Lagos State government met today with representatives of the NUPENG, which agreed to call off its strike immediately,” the communique read.
The state government added that it would meet with all the heads of the security agencies in the state and mandate them to ensure the free passage of petroleum product vehicles given their importance to the economy.
On the issue of touts, popularly known as area boys, harassing drivers and the collection of ad-hoc levies, the communique stated that the issues will be investigated and handled by the relevant government agencies.
The communique also stated that the Lagos State government has committed to constantly relate with the union and road users in the state in the planning and execution of road works in the state, and that the restriction of the timing petroleum tankers’ movement will be reviewed.
NUPENG had last week directed petroleum tanker drivers in Lagos State to withdraw their services from Monday (today) following what it said was the failure of “the Lagos State Government and other relevant stakeholders address these critical challenges”.