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Fuel scarcity averted as NUPENG suspends planned strike to allow for negotiation

The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has called off the nationwide strike that was due to start on Monday to give negotiations a chance.

The suspension follows the appeal by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) warning that the industrial action boycott could disrupt fuel supplies.

NUPENG had called the strike to protest against what it said is the poor state of roads in the country, saying the situation endangers the lives of drivers.

It said it was calling off the strike after reaching an agreement with NNPC on Sunday, while a follow-up meeting was set this week.

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“The suspension of our planned action is predicated on our belief that the understanding reached with the government today as well as at meeting of Tuesday October 12, 2021 will be fulfilled to the letters,” NUPENG said in a statement signed by its president and secretary general.

They did not provide further details. Tayo Aboyeji, union leader for the south western region declined to comment further when contacted by Reuters.

NNPC had earlier said it was willing to provide funding for the construction of some roads, even though this was not its business. It did not say how much money would be made available.

“Any disruption in the distribution of petroleum products to different parts of Nigeria will adversely affect the business of the NNPC and endanger energy security,” NNPC said.

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