This afternoon, after a 4-day harrowing experience by Lagosians in the hands of blackmailing and cantankerous Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) wing of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG), the union bowed to popular reasoning by calling off its four-day old strike.
The PTD was also made to eat the humble pie by paying =N=2.7 million Naira fine to the coffers of the Lagos State Government to release its 27 tankers impounded by Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA).
While it lasted, the strike brought untold hardship to commuters in Lagos and its environs, as scarcity of petroleum products caused long queues at the gas filling stations, while the black market boomed, with a four-litre keg of petroleum being sold for as much as N1,700
This evening, the State Secretary of the Union (PTD), Mr. Tayo Aboyeji was quoted after the truce saying: “… with the intervention of the Federal Government, through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the trucks were released, thereby the strike had to be suspended. As I am speaking with you now, the trucks are on their way to load at the depots, so within the next 24 hours, fuel will be available at filling stations.”
He expressed the association’s willingness to put an end to the strike, noting that they have no grudge with the Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola’s government. Aboyeji however promised his members’ commitment to adhere by the law of the state, explaining that the last incident was as a result of circumstances beyond their control where more tankers were coming from other states of the federation to lift fuel, thereby exhausting the parking lodge provided for them by the State Government.
The Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Kayode Opeifa presented the voucher used for payment of the N2.7 million fine and declared the vehicles released with immediate effect.