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.