Residents of Ekiti jubilate as oil marketers suspend strike

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A truck with smoke belching from it's exhaust pipe drives past passengers at a bus stop in Lagos, Nigeria Monday Sept. 19, 2016. Swiss commodity traders accused of deliberately blending toxic fuel and dumping it in West Africa say African governments are to blame for failing to invest in refineries and newer vehicles to lower exhaust emissions that cause respiratory and other diseases. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Residents of Ekiti erupted in jubilation on Sunday following the decision of oil marketers to resume supply of petroleum to the state.

This is the outcome of a peace meeting brokered by Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, between his Ekiti counterpart, Ayodele Fayose, and leaders of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers at the Government House, Osogbo, Osun State capital.

Others at the meeting were representatives of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Petrol Tanker Drivers, religious leaders, the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe, the Alara of Aramoko, Oba Abdul-Azeez Adeyemi, the Arinjale of Ise-Ekiti, Oba Adetunji Ajayi, and the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, Abdullah Chafe.

The decision to resume lifting and sale of petroleum was stated in a communique made available to journalists on Sunday, and signed by the Governor Aregbesola, Governor Fayose, NUPENG General Secretary, Joseph Ogbebor; IPMAN, Zonal Chairman, Alhaji Debo Ahmed and PTD NUPENG National Vice Chairman, Solomon Kilanko.

The meeting agreed that An ad hoc committee be constituted to fashion out in clear terms the conditions and guidelines for the establishment and operations of filling stations in Ekiti State;
The committee comprising representatives of Ekiti State Government and oil and gas stakeholders shall commence work on Wednesday.

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