Scarcity of petroleum products appears to be impending over Lagos State as the leadership of Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) directs its members to withdraw their services in Lagos from Monday, 10th of August, 2020.
This directive was disclosed in a press statement issued by NUPENG on Friday, 7th August 2020 which was signed by the union National President, Comr. Williams Akporeha, and the General Secretary, Comr. Olawale Afolabi respectively.
The statement revealed that the strike was as a result of the failure of government authorities to address the issues and experiences faced by tanker drivers in the state, including extortion of money from the drivers by various security agents, the menace of containerized trucks at Apapa, Kirikiri and Beach Land axis of Lagos State and the harassment and extortion by area boys and area godfathers.
‘’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 agonized 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 reads.
According to the statement, the entire members of the Union are deeply pained and frustrated by the challenges faced consistently by Tanker Drivers in Lagos State, stressing that they are left with no other option but to direct their members to withdraw their services in the state until the State Government and other relevant Stakeholders address these critical challenges.