[Lagos]–As petrol tanker drivers commence their indefinite strike today, Monday, April 3 loading activities at both private depots and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation depots in Lagos were locked down.
Newsmen who monitored the strike in Lagos observed that all tank farms in Apapa were empty, without the usual loading activities associated with depots.
The Apapa depots visited included Total Oil and Gas, Capital Oil and Gas, NIPCO Oil and Gas, Aiteo Oil and Gas, Sahara Oil and Gas, Conoil, as well as Mobil Oil and Gas.
The drivers were seen in groups discussing, while others were leaving the depots for unknown destinations.
The Head, Corporate Communications of NIPCO, Apapa Alhaji Taofeek Lawal, said that there are no loading in all depots in Apapa as a result of the strike.
One of the depot officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, however, said that the strike was uncalled for.
He said that the tanker drivers should have resolved the problem with the truck owners, instead of resorting to go on strike, adding that the country had lost over N20bn to the ongoing strike.
Meanwhile, Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, the South-West Chairman of NUPENG had told NAN that the Federal Government’s representatives were meeting with NARTO and NUPENG representatives, to resolve the matter.
Korodo said that the outcome of the meeting would decide if the strike would continue or not.
He, however, said that there was no distribution or loading of products in any part of the country.
As it has earlier been reported, the indefinite strike embarked upon by the tanker drivers, was as a result of deplorable working conditions such as such as bad roads, poor remuneration, insecurity and the alleged excesses of some security agencies.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg