[NUPENG]–The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has said its Petroleum Tanker Drivers had been mobilised to ensure no movement of petroleum tankers as its nationwide strike begins on Monday.
The South-West Chairman of NUPENG Lagos Council, Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, made the assertion on Sunday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
According to Korodo, all the tanker drivers have abandoned their trucks in preparation for the indefinite strike which will begin on Monday unless the Federal Government intervenes.
The chairman said the drivers were forced to embark on the indefinite strike due to unresolved issues concerning their welfare, poor remuneration, insecurity and bad roads.
He said, “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.”
He added that “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.”
Korodo disclosed that over 2,000 staff of Capital Oil and Gas Ltd., were on the line due to their closure by the Federal Government on some issues between the company and NNPC.
He said that the union wanted the government to resolve the matter so that the company would be opened and the staff and tanker drivers would resume duty.
The chairman, however, said that the strike would not affect activities in filling stations, depots or refineries across the nation.
THE PAGE had earlier reported that the union issued a communique stating that it tanker drivers arm will commence strike on Monday over deplorable working conditions.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg