CROSS RIVER GOVT, OIL UNIONS DECIDE ON FUEL SCARCITY
Fuel scarcity in an oil-producing community has called for an urgent action as Cross River State Government, Independent Petroleum Market Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum Tanker Drivers Association (PTD) signed a communique to resolve the issue.
The state government, in a two-page communique issued in Calabar, expressed dissatisfaction towards the hardship experienced by the residents due an industrial action by the Petroleum Tanker Drivers Association (PTD) and other oil unions in the state.
The strike emanated from an internal crisis within IPMAN which affected the operations of the oil workers.
“The Cross River State Government in a bid to resolve this matter and thereby reduce the unnecessary suffering visited on Cross River State indigenes, invited all parties for a meeting and was resolved as follow.
“That the 4 man committee set up by the Cross River State Government should receive all documents tendered by the parties to the dispute and advise the Cross River State Government on the matter within the next 72 hours.
“That pending the government official’s position on the matter, all parties are advised to maintain the status quo. That is to say, the collection of all levels should still be carried out by the petroleum tankers drivers (PTD) until further notice.
“That in consequences of (A) and (B) above, the petroleum tanker drivers (PTD) shall immediately suspend their strike action and resume normal supplies of fuel to petrol stations in Cross River State.
“That no member of NUPENG or PTD shall be attacked, obstructed or otherwise hindered from carrying out their lawful functions in Cross River State at anytime.
“All parties should note any breach of the above resolutions or any action by any party capable of causing a breach of the peace shall be visited with full force of the law and the weight of the Cross River State Government,” the communique read.