Tanker drivers nationwide have been directed to embark on work to rule with effect from Monday, 27th September 2021 in preparation for total withdrawal of their services with effect from October 8, 2021.
This sequel to the Federal government’s failure to address key safety measures demanded by the drivers under their union, the Petroleum tankers branch of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas ( NUPENG).
The union in a communiqué signed by its national chairman, Salmon Akanni Oladiti, at the end of its executive meeting in Enugu on Saturday, noted that it’s not that the union unmindful of the pains and discomfort its decisions and intending actions will have on the general public but that such decision must be taken for the sake of its members and the general public.
The union had lamented with pains and total disgust, the continued unscrupulous abuse of the tonnage capacity of Petroleum Trucks by Marketers and Transporters across the country which, it said is negatively affecting and impacting on the safety and control of drivers on the wheels as well as the durability and sustainability of the highways.
The council in session noted with deep concerns the refusal of the Federal government to enforce the compulsory installation of Safety Valve in all Petroleum trucks to protect the inflammable contents of these trucks from spilling over in a situation of road mishaps.
“Council in session observed with grave concerns and disappointment the deplorable and shameful conditions of the Nigeria highways in spite of several calls and threats we have issued to the various layers of governments.
These highways have turned to death traps and dens of trucks hijackers for the Petroleum Tanker Drivers. Our members are losing their lives and sources of livelihood on hourly basis”.
“Consequently, all Petroleum Tanker Drivers are directed to immediately embark on work to rule action with effect from 27th September 2021 in preparation for total withdrawal of their services with effect from 8th of October 2021 if the Federal government fails to address these three key safety measures in view of the fact that our members are usually the first casualties in all these areas of government failures with regard to safety of lives and properties of Nigerians”.