Petroleum Tanker Drivers in Lagos State have commenced a planned strike on Monday, August 10, 2020, following a disagreement with the State Government on issues of extortion and harassment of it’s members by security agents.
The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) South-West Chairman, Mr Tayo Aboyeji, disclosed in an interview that the issues which forced the drivers to initiate an indefinite strike was not addressed during the four-hour meeting with officials of Lagos State Government on Sunday.
He stated that; “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 until they are able to resolve them.“
Mr. Aboyeji said that members of PTD were now accusing NUPENG of taking side with security agents to molest and assault drivers on Lagos roads.
“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 added.