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Petrol scarcity looms as tanker drivers insist on strike

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Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has vowed to ensure that no movement of petroleum tankers as their nationwide strike begins.

The South-West chairman of NUPENG, Tokunbo Korodo, stated this on Sunday while addressing journalists.

According to Mr Korodo, all the tanker drivers have abandoned their trucks in respect of the indefinite strike, which will begin on Monday unless the federal government intervenes.

He said the drivers were forced to down tools due to unresolved issues concerning their welfare, poor remuneration, insecurity and bad roads.

“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.

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“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,” Mr Korodo said.

“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”.

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Mr Korodo also said that more than 2,000 staff of Capital Oil and Gas were on the line due to their closure by the Federal Government due to “some issues” between the company and NNPC.

He said 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.

According to him, the strike would not affect activities in filling stations, depots or refineries across the nation.

The PTD branch of NUPENG on Friday said they would begin a nationwide strike on April 3.

NUPENG’s President, Igwe Achese, announced this in a communique in Lagos at the end of its Central Working Committee meeting held at the union’s secretariat in Yaba.

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The communique said the strike was to draw the attention of the Federal Government and other stakeholders to some unresolved issues bordering on the welfare of workers, bad roads, poor remuneration, insecurity and the alleged excesses of some security agencies.

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