Fuel shortage crisis looms large as Petrol tanker drivers threaten nationwide strike

Fuel shortage crisis looms large as Petrol tanker drivers threaten nationwide strike

The country might be hit by a fuel shortage as Petroleum Tankers Drivers (PTD) arm of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) threatened to go on a nationwide strike on Monday.

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The threat to go on strike was conveyed in a communiqué signed by NUPENG’s President, Mr. Igwe Achese, and released on Friday in Lagos at the end of its Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting held at the union’s secretariat in Yaba.

The communique said petrol tanker drivers resolved to embark on strike so as to draw Federal Government’s attention, and that of other stakeholders to issues they have been agitating for but are yet to be resolved.

Some of the issues, they said include workers’ welfare, bad roads, insecurity and the alleged excesses of some security agencies.

“The CWC-in-Session considers inhumane, the refusal of the National Association of Transport Owners (NARTO) to commence negotiation with the union for the renewal of the expired Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) on the working conditions of our Tanker Driver members in the PTD branch, after several appeals and even an ultimatum.

“The CWC-in-Session, therefore, resolves to give full backing to any industrial action the members in this sector might decide to take with effect from Monday, April 3, 2017, ” the communiqué said in part.

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