Lagos petroleum tanker drivers to commence strike

Petroleum tanker drivers park their tankers along the Lagos highway
Emeh Joy

The Petroleum Tankers Drivers, a branch of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, has said its planned strike would commence today (Monday), as it has failed to reach an agreement with the Lagos State Government.

The National Chairman of the PTD, Mr. Salimonu Oladiti, confirmed this in an interview with news reporters on Sunday.

"We don't have much to say. If the issues of extortion and harassment of our members are addressed, we won't go on strike; but if the issues are not addressed, we will go on with it.

"Security agents and hoodlums are extorting money from our members and officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority use tasers on our drivers, and this can kill."

Mr. Oladiti, still lamenting the ill-treatment received by the drivers, said, "We have been reporting to the government but, nothing has come out of it. The state government called us to a meeting on Saturday, but nothing came out of the meeting.

"We are still waiting for them to call another meeting. We will still present our demands to them, and if they are ready to address them and see their commitment, we will not go ahead with the strike.

"But, if they are not ready, then there is no going back on the strike".

The National President, NUPENG, Williams Akporeha, and the General Secretary, Olawale Afolabi, in a statement released on Friday, urged tanker drivers to start withdrawing their services from Midnight on Monday.

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