Chinazor Megbolu |
The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) executive council has mandated tanker drivers to withdraw their services in Lagos on Monday, August 10, 2020.
This was contained in a statement issued by NUPENG and obtained on Friday, hinting the action is due to the failure of government authorities to address the various issues that have been causing serious pains and harrowing experience on the petroleum tanker drivers in the state for several months now.
The leadership of NUPENG in the document noted that the entire rank and file members of the Union are seriously pained and frustrated by the so many challenges being consistently faced by petroleum tanker driver members in Lagos State.
The union said that it was left with no other option but to direct its members to withdraw their services in Lagos State pending when the State Government and other relevant stakeholders will address these critical challenges.
‘’The National Leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has directed the withdrawal of services of Petroleum Tanker Drivers from Lagos State with effect from Monday, 10th August 2020 following the failure of various authorities in the State to address three major issues that have severely caused pains and harrowing experiences on the hapless petroleum tanker drivers in the State for several months now.
‘’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 Lagos State Government and other relevant Stakeholders address these critical challenges,’’ The statement said.
The NUPENG also pointed out that it’s sad and disheartening that all the several appeals made by the Union to Lagos State Government and the Presidential Task Force for the decongestion of Apapa on these challenges fell on deaf ears.
The Union maintained that it cannot longer keep quiet while its members are being consistently and continually extorted, intimidated, harassed and victimised by different groups and segments in Lagos.
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