The National Union of Petroleum and Gas Workers (NUPENG) has announced the suspension of the proposed strike by its affiliate members, Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD).
The strike, which would have commenced on Monday, October 11, 2021, was called off due to the intervention of the Federal Government.
According to NAN, this statement was made by the South-West Zonal Chairman of NUPENG, Mr Tayo Aboyeji, during an interview on Sunday in Lagos.
He said “This is not the first time that we will signify our intention to go on strike but we have to call it off because it will generally affect the majority of Nigerians but now our hands are tied. We are going on a nationwide strike because of the deplorable and shameful state of our highways.
When a truckloads petrol in Lagos, the drivers spend five to six days to get to Abuja because of the shameful state of the roads. All calls by the executive of petroleum unions have fallen on the deaf ears of the government as the highways continue to deteriorate nationwide.
The list of the highway are endless and the tanker drivers have been going through the harrowing situation while rendering selfless national service. The increased rate of fire incidences involving petroleum tankers with accompanying massive destruction of lives and properties of our members and the general public is enough.
This is because of government failure to enforce the installation of safety gadgets on tankers. This will protect the inflammation contents of their trucks from spilling over in a situation of a road accident.
We know that the present administration would not do anything until we start the nationwide strike”
Editing by Tola Oguneye