Monday, July 4, 2022

21 Critical Roads’ Project: NARTO, NUPENG-PTD Shelve Strike, As NNPC Intervenes

 – Parties pledge collaboration on ensuring nation wide availability of petroleum products

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L-R: The national president, NARTO, Alhaji Yusuf Othman; national president NUPENG, Comrade Williams Akporeha; ED F&A, Abiodun Adeniji; group managing director, NNPC, Mele Kyari; and chairman PTD, Otunba Oladiti during the meeting in Abuja.

Following the engagement between NMDPRA, NNPC, PTD, NARTO, NUPENG and others on the 21 critical roads’ project, the parties have shelved their planned strike action due to the intervention of the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission (NNPC). 

A communique released by the parties after the engagement said a set of resolutions were reached, vis; “Road Rehabilitation: the NNPC provided updates on the current status of the road construction and rehabilitation projects under the road infrastructure tax credit scheme and assured the stakeholders (NUPENG, NARTO and PTD) that the funding earmarked for the 21 critical roads will be applied for the intended purpose only. To allay the fears of the stakeholders, NNPC and all parties committed to working together to monitor the road projects.

“Review of freight rate for transporters: the stakeholders requested for completion of the ongoing discussion on the review of the freight rates to cover operational costs and highlighted the precarious situation that truck owners face in the light of current economic realities. The NMDPRA informed the meeting that a committee has been constituted to review the rates – PTD, NARTO and NUPENG – in addition to other stakeholders. All parties agreed to work expeditiously towards concluding the review of the freight rate and make recommendations to the government, to advise on a definite close-out date during the week of February 21, 2022.

“Collaboration to ensure nationwide availability of petroleum products; all parties agreed to work closely to ensure efficient distribution of petroleum products across the country.”

The communique was signed by the national chairman PTD, Otunba Oladiti; NARTO president, Mr. Yusuf Otthman; NUPENG president, Comrade Williams Akporeha and the executive director, F&A, NMDPRA, Abiodun Adeniji and the group managing director, NNPC, Mele Kyari.

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