The national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NU- PENG) workers has directed petroleum tanker drivers to withdraw their services from Lagos State with effect from Monday.
NUPENG said the directive followed the failure of various authorities in the state to
address three major issues that had severe- ly caused petroleum tanker drivers pains and harrowing experiences in the state for several months now.
A statement jointly signed by the union’s national president, Comrade Williams Eni- redonana Akporeha, and general secretary, Comrade Olawale Afolabi respectively, and made available to journalists yester-
day, listed extortion of money from pe- troleum tanker drivers by various securi- ty agents, menace of containerized trucks at Apapa, Kirikiri and Beach Land axis of Lagos State, and collusion of government officials hindering petroleum tankers from loading at depots and tank farms as part of its grouse.
“The entire rank and file members of
the union are deeply pained, frustrated and agonised by the barrage of these chal- lenges being consistently faced by petro- leum tanker drivers in Lagos State and are left with no other option but to direct the withdrawal of their services in the state until the Lagos State government and oth- er relevant stakeholders address these crit- ical challenges,” it added.