Yuletide: Petroleum tanker drivers threaten strike

Yuletide: Petroleum tanker drivers threaten strike


The Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) branch of National Union of Petroleum and Engineering Gas Workers (NUPENG) have threatened to withdraw their services from January 15, 2020, should the Federal Government fail to clear Lagos roads of containers ahead of the Christmas period.


The national chairman of the drivers, Comrade Salmom Akanni Oladiti insisted that the January 15 deadline arose as a result of the inability of the federal task force set up to decongest Lagos‎ roads of trucks carrying containers.

Oladiti spoke in Benin at the weekend at the end of the quarterly branch Executive meeting ‎of Petroleum Tanker Drivers.

He conceded that the task force may have tried it best to carry out its mandate but the problem of gridlocks on the roads, particularly at Coconut and Tin Can Island axes, persist, a situation which forces their members to always spend weeks before loading petroleum products from the Lagos Tank farm.

He also lamented that vandals have destroyed pipelines across the country which were meant to ensure free flow of petroleum products all over the Country.

“The founding fathers meant well by constructing over 5,000 km of pipelines. If successive governments since 1999 had paid attention to roads and vandalism, the situation of the facilities would not have degenerated to the current level.”

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The Chairman commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his transformation agenda and the Federal Government for making petroleum products available across the Country.

But, he urged the government to speed up the current rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Benin-Warri and Benin-Auchi-Lokoja roads.

Oladiti declared that the Apapa gridlock appeared to have overwhelmed the authorities and solution to the problem not in sight and sympathized with the drivers over the hardship they were facing n a daily basis.

To check the activities of criminals from destroying the business and image and of Petroleum Tanker Drivers, the National Chairman announced that new identity cards and stickers would be designed for members.

In view of the security situation of the Country, Oladiti advised the drivers to take extra caution and change their behaviour that are are untoward while on the wheel.

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