Ekiti State can now heave a sigh of relief with the suspension of strike action by the Independent Petroleum Marketers in the state following the intervention of Gov Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State.
This was consequent upon Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose’s previous meeting with him at the Government House in Osogbo, where both of them discussed how to resolve the problem.
It was also worthy to note that the leadership of the petroleum marketers were in attendance when the decision was arrived at.
An official document endorsed by all the parties involved supported the formation of an adhoc committee to decide on the conditions and guidelines for the creation and running of filling stations in Ekiti State.
It also entailed the provision that the committee, made up of government representatives and oil and gas interest groups will begin work on 7 June 2017.
However, few of the important agreement reached during the crisis were changed.
“Following disputations on modalities for establishing and operating filling stations in Ekiti State between the government and independent oil marketers which led to face off culminating in the suspension of the lifting and sale of petroleum products in Ekiti State, a reconciliatory meeting held today June 4, 2017, at the Government House, Osogbo, resolved as follows:
“In the spirit of reconciliation, Ekiti State Government agreed to pleas for reversal of the revocation of some Certificates of Occupancy of landed properties on which filling stations are built, except the ones on waterways, canals and where there is no justification for such revocation;
“In that same spirit, the government agreed to stop further demolitions pending the outcome of the committee’s report. The agreement read.
This led to the suspension of the strike action by the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and other concerned oil and gas bodies.