The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has announced that its Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) will go on strike on Monday over the nation’s crumbling highways and other issues.
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In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, Tayo Aboyeji, the South-west Zonal Chairman of NUPENG, said the union has lost many lives and properties due to bad roads.
Mr. Aboyeji stated that the union’s tanker drivers would cease operations across the country.
“This is not the first time we have announced our intention to strike, but we have to call it off because it will affect the vast majority of Nigerians, but our options are limited at this time.”
“Because of the deplorable and shameful state of our highways, we are going on a nationwide strike.”
“Because of the poor state of the roads, when a truck loads petrol in Lagos, the drivers take five to six days to get to Abuja.”
“As the nation’s highways continue to deteriorate, all calls from the executive of petroleum unions have gone unheard by the government.
“The highway (sic) list is endless, and tanker drivers have been put in perilous situations while performing selfless national service.”
“The rising number of fires involving petroleum tankers, along with the massive destruction of lives and property of our members and the general public, is enough.
“This is due to the government’s failure to compel the installation of a safety device on a tanker.”
“In the event of a road accident, this will prevent the inflammation contents of their trucks from spilling over.”
“We see the government’s failure in this regard as the pinnacle of insensitivity to the lives of innocent Nigerians, and the union cannot stand by while our members are being burned everywhere and every day,” he said.
The zonal chairman stated that the union is dissatisfied with the unethical use of tonnage.
“On the highway, there are some trucks that carry 60,000 to 100,000 litres of fuel.”
“This load has a negative impact on the safety and control of drivers behind the wheel, as well as the highway’s durability and sustainability.”
He explained that “the unions do not want any truck to carry more than the approved capacity.”
Mr Aboyeji said the union had given notice to the government “to put all these in order to avert the nationwide strike on Monday.”
“We know the current administration will do nothing until the nationwide strike begins,” he said. (NAN)
Is NUPENG Going On Strike? yes they will embark on Strike tomorrow