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Truck owners in Lagos suspend strike

The coalition of truck owners
operating at the nation’s ports on Thursday said they had agreed to a tactical
suspension of their ten days old strike.

Chief Remi Ogungbemi, the
Chairman of the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) disclosed this in
an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Ogungbemi said the strike was
only suspended in principle as the association would hold another meeting.

“We are at Alausa for another
meeting. However, we have agreed to a tactical suspension of the withdrawal of
services in principle.

“The outcome of Alausa meeting will determine or shape the suspension notice,”
he said.

NAN reports that stakeholders
including AMATO, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN),
shippers, terminal operators and regulatory agencies held discussions on
Wednesday in Lagos to address the issues.

However, after several hours of
deliberations the meeting ended in deadlock.

It will be recalled that the
truck owners associations embarked on the industrial action ten days ago after
the Lagos State Government ordered a restriction of truck movement to night
time only.

The order came after a
container-laden tuck fell off the Ojuelegba Bridge, killing three occupants of
a car.

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