There are very strong indications of fuel crisis after the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) said its Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) had been mobilised to ensure no movement of petroleum tankers as their nationwide strike begins on Monday, April 3, 2017.
This is despite assurance from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that it has intervened to avert the strike action by the PTD section of the NUPENG.
Speaking on the development, NUPENG’s national President, Igwe Achese, who issued a statement in Lagos at the end of its Central Working Committee meeting held at the union’s secretariat in Yaba, said the strike would draw the attention of the Federal Government and other stakeholders to some unresolved issues bordering on the welfare of workers, such as bad roads, poor remuneration, insecurity and the alleged excesses of some security agencies.
The South-West Chairman of NUPENG Lagos Council, Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, yesterday told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that all the tanker drivers have abandoned their trucks in respect of the indefinite strike, which will begin today unless the Federal Government intervenes.
“The tanker drivers for the past three years have been appealing to the Nigeria Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) to increase their salary but they refused on the ground that spare parts had increased.
“NARTO said that government has not increased their fares, so they will not increase their salary.
“Apart from this, most of the roads they ply are bad and this has resulted in accidents or damaging their trucks.
“The activities of the official of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps on the roads is not helping the matter,’’ Korodo said.
“The tanker drivers are forced to break the seal of their product on the pretext that they were carrying adulterated product.
“Most of these drivers are harassed by these officers, at times the tanker and the driver will be detained for close to a month,’’ he said.