Rep. Nicholas Ossai (Delta-PDP) has urged petroleum tanker drivers to shelve the nationwide strike to save Nigerians from its attendant economic hardship.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja the petroleum sector and all it arms are critical on the lives of Nigerians.
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“I advise the tanker drivers to (engage in) dialogue and interface with the appropriate executive agencies that require to carry out their template which they are demanding for.
“I believe that is the only way to solve that problem; I don’t advocate for strike.
“And I am using this medium to call on the tanker drivers to be able to shelve their strike and engage the appropriate government authority to address the seeming problems.
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Ossai said that people should separate their organisational interest from the interest of the entire country.
“When embarking on issues of strike people should look at Nigerians that are suffering at this period of recession.
“The three arms of government have seen that and they are also taking steps in making sure that the plight of the masses are addressed, so you cannot compound it.
The Petroleum Tanker Drivers arm of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) commenced an indefinite strike on Monday.
NAN reports that a communiqué by NUPENG’s President, Mr Igwe Achese, said the strike was to press home the group’s demands on unresolved issues bordering on workers’ welfare.
“They issues included bad roads, poor remuneration, insecurity and alleged excesses of some security agencies.’’ (NAN)