Posted by OUR REPORTER | 8 August 2020 | 512 times
BY OUR REPORTER
The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) said it will go on indefinite strike in Lagos beginning from Monday, August 10, 2020 with an instruction to all tanker drivers to steer clear of the roads if authorities concerned failed to address their grivances bothering on three major issues it raised as points of concern for some time now..
This was made known by NUPENG in a statement on Friday signed by the National President, Williams Akporeha and the General Secretary, Olawale Afolabi, which read in part:
“The entire rank and file members of the union are deeply pained, frustrated and agonised by the barrage of these challenges being consistently faced by petroleum tanker drivers in Lagos State and are left with no other option but to direct the withdrawal of their services in Lagos State until the Lagos State Government and other relevant stakeholders address these critical challenges.
“It is sad and disheartening to note here that we had made several appeals and reports to the Lagos State Government and the Presidential Task Force for the decongestion of Apapa on these challenges but all to no avail.
“This menace must stop and the leadership of these security operatives in Lagos State must go all out to call their men to order with immediate effect.”
“Persistent traffic gridlock and indiscriminate parking of containerised trucks on major Lagos roads and bridges leading to Apapa port, Kirikiri, Beach Land, Satellite Town, Ijegun, are another major setbacks bedeviling the smooth running of the operations of Petroleum Tanker Drivers in Lagos State.
“It’s really worrisome that Lagos State, which is known to be a mega city and centre of excellence, has now become a safe haven for area boys and area godfathers who now see petroleum tanker drivers as soft targets, extorting money from them every day, assaulting them and vandalising their trucks in some instances,” it added.
NUPENG said it resolved to embark on an indefinite strike beginning from 12 am, Monday, August 10, 2020, if there are no concrete steps taken to decisively resolve the issues.
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