NUPENG, tanker drivers cancel strike

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers and Petrol Tanker Drivers have suspended their strike in Rivers state.

This came after a meeting called by State Police Commissioner Friday Eboka and attended by unions and other stakeholders.

The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources was also present at the meeting.

This was stated in a communiqué signed by Chinda Ejims, who represented the PTD, and the representative of the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority.

Other signatories were presidents of the state’s Emuhua, Ikwerre and Etche Local Government Areas, respectively.

The PTD-NUPENG had complained of harassment, extortion and seizure of members’ trucks by agents including police, EFCC, military and task force operating in the three LGAs.

The communiqué reads: “The Police Commissioner, Rivers State Command, instructed the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations Department, to establish a task force, headed by an officer not below the rank of Chief Inspector of Police, to starting with the arrest of all illegal task forces operating under the guise of the respective Local Government Areas.

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“The Police Commissioner, Rivers State Command, called on the executive chairmen of the various local government areas to apply a human face in enforcing the provisions of the Rivers State Traffic Law.”

Going forward, PTD-NUPENG was advised to educate their members about the need to report any mechanical defect on their trucks to the nearest police station in the event that the repair would take longer than the six hours provided for by law.

“That the PTD-NUPENG should appoint a member of the Union to the State Task Force for Illegal Bunkering Activities to be timely and transparent about sample products suspected of coming from illegal bunkering activities.

“The Police Commissioner, Rivers State has ordered all trucks with a clean bill of health from the Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority report to be released unconditionally on Friday, while owners of products that fail the test are subject to the end will be prosecuted of investigation.

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Police Commissioner Rivers State Command stated that the resolution of the stakeholder meeting will be communicated to its sister security agencies (EFCC and Nigeria Army) not represented at the meeting.

“That the police commissioner has promised to intervene in the matter of the truck seized by the IGP task force for illegal bunkering to ensure that justice is served.

“The PTD-NUPENG has promised to suspend their strike action on Thursday, September 15, 2022, after due consultation on the outcome of the meeting.”

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