The leadership of the striking oil workers and marketers have called their members to go back to work as the unions finally suspend its week-long strike, Hallmark News had gathered.

The strike was called off this afternoon, after the Joint Senate Committee on Petroleum met with the Minister of Finance Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and executives of the various arms of the workers union, which comprise the NUPENG, PENGASSAN and Major Oil Markers Association of Nigeria.

It was resolved at the meeting that the strike be suspended in the interest of the masses while a communiqué was jointly signed by the minister and the leadership of the oil workers on the modalities to resolve the present crisis.

The union had however directed its members to start lifting oil immediately, adding that distribution across various filling stations would be done within six hours.

Speaking after the meeting, Senator Magnus Abe, said that Ngozi Oknojo-iweala and the angry oil workers had since agreed to the peace deal, in the interest of the nation.

He commended the effort of the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, in ensuring that the strike did not extend more than this, adding, “Soon the fuel will be distributed in many filling stations.”