Lagos Tanker Drivers Begin Strike Today, as Dialogue with State Government Fails

The planned strike by Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) in Lagos state begins today, August 10th, as its meeting with Lagos State Government ended without any agreement.

The disclosure was made in Lagos on Sunday, by the South-West Chairman of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, (NUPENG), Mr. Tayo Aboyeji.

Aboyeji said the issues which forced the drivers to initiate an indefinite strike were not addressed during the four-hour meeting with officials of Lagos State Government on Sunday.

His words: “They only promised to get back to us after we have told them what we want to avert the strike. Now, our stand still remains that they should address the issues of extortion and harassment of our members by security agents.

“Security agents and hoodlums are extorting our members and officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management use taser on our drivers and this can kill.

“Since they are not ready to address these issues, we will start the strike on Monday morning (today) until they are able to resolve them.

“It is unfortunate that the strike might affect all other states in the federation, because most of them load their petroleum products in Lagos depots.

“We are not happy to disrupt fuel supply because we know the effect but we cannot continue to cope with the problems,” he said.

Aboyeji said that members of PTD were now accusing NUPENG of taking side with security agents to molest and assault drivers on Lagos roads.

The National President of the NUPENG, Mr Williams Akporeha, had in a statement on Friday directed tanker drivers to begin the withdrawal of their services as from 12 midnight on Monday.

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