The national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Friday, August 7, ordered petroleum tanker drivers to withdraw their services from Lagos from Monday, August 10.
This was contained in a communique issued by NUPENG on Friday; and this comes on the heels of a failure to address three major issues; causing tanker drivers pains in the state for months.
The statement titled “NUPENG leadership directs withdrawal of services by petroleum tanker drivers in Lagos State with effect from Monday, August 10, 2020”, was signed by National President Williams Akporeha and General Secretary, Olawale Afolabi.
It reads, “The entire rank and file members of the union are deeply pained, frustrated and agonized by the barrage of these challenges being consistently faced by petroleum tanker drivers in Lagos State and are left with no other option; but to direct the withdrawal of their services in Lagos State until the Lagos State Government; and other relevant stakeholders address these critical challenges.
“It is sad and disheartening to note here that we had made several appeals and reports to the Lagos State Government; and the Presidential Task Force for the decongestion of Apapa on these challenges but all to no avail.”
“We resolved to embark on an indefinite strike beginning from 12 am, Monday, August 10, 2020; if there are no decisive and convincing actions from the Lagos State Government; to address these concerns and challenges,” the statement partly read.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG); and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), on Friday, August 7, voiced their concerns; over the deregulation of the downstream petroleum sector when the country is still relying on imports for refined products.
This comes in the wake of an increment in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) by marketers on Thursday.
1st News gathered that the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) is yet to issues any official memo over a centralised retail petrol price for the month of Thursday, leaving operators confused.
The PPPRA had stated it would advise the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation; and oil marketing companies on the monthly guiding retail price at which the product shall be sold across the country.
In July, the agency announced a new price band of N140.80 to N143.80 per litre; up from N121.50 to N123.50 per litre in June.
Although it released the ex-depot price for the commodity on Tuesday; the PPPRA had since remained silent as regards the guiding retail price for the month.
It increased the ex-depot price by N6 to N138.62/litre for the month; a development that prompted marketers to hike the pump price of the product to between N148 and N150/litre.