Less than 48 hours after the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers of Nigeria (NUPENG) went on strike over the deplorable state of two Federal roads in Rivers State, the strike has been called off.
NUPENG Friday declared that there will be no scarcity of petroleum products in Rivers State as the union will continue to discharge its responsibility of supplying products.
The Rivers State Government also promised to reconstruct the damaged portion of the East West road, stretching from Eleme Junction to Refinery Junction, in conjunction with Indorama Plc.
The government will also reconstruct the Port Harcourt-Aba Federal Road, along the Oyigbo axis
Addressing journalists on Friday after meeting with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, at the Government House, Port Harcourt, National Industrial Relations Officer of NUPENG, Comrade Bassey Harry, declared that having met the governor, the union will cooperate with the administration as following its promise to fix the two Federal roads.
Following the agreement with Governor Wike, NUPENG will use its platforms to supply products to all local government areas of the state.
NUPENG commended Governor Wike for the initial reconstruction of the East West Road, which was a death trap at the time he assumed duty as the governor of the state.
He said: “We understand the effort of the governor. We took into consideration the fact that the area we are mentioning today was like a death trap. But within six months in office, 80 percent of the road was fixed by him.
“With him, that road as promised will be fixed as soon as possible. We are prepared to cooperate with him to see how that road will be fixed. There will be no fuel scarcity. We will manage the situation. The trucks will ply the roads as we know how to go about it.”
The National Industrial Relations Officer added: “We have given him our word that we will manage the situation to ensure that there will be no fuel scarcity. So people should not go for panic buying. People should not store fuel in their houses.”
Governor Wike who said he had been fixing federal roads in the past expressed his commitment to the growth of the state’s economy.