Petrol tanker drivers begin strike in Lagos

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

For failure to reach an agreement on outstanding issues with the appropriate authorities at a recent meeting, petroleum tanker drivers in Lagos State of Nigeria have withdrawn their services as directed by the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) beginning from August 10.

Mr. Tayo Aboyeji, Lagos State Chairman of NUPENG, confirmed this development in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria Monday, August 10, 2020, in Lagos, the commercial hub of the country.

The State Chairman of NUPENG stated that the strike began in the early hours of Monday following negotiation breakdown between the state government and the Union.

Aboyeyi said: “Although, we met with the state government yesterday night (August 9), yet we could not reach an agreement.

“So, only the tanker drivers in Lagos State proceeded with the strike, because the environment is not conducive for tankers to operate.’’

It is recalled that NUPENG August 7 had directed its members to begin industrial action with effect from August 10.

Mr. Williams Akporeha, NUPENG’s National President, and Mr. Olawale Afolabi, General Secretary, in a joint statement had said the directive became necessary as a result of the failure of various authorities in the state to address some pending issues.

Some of the burning issues include extortion of money from the drivers by various security agents; menace of containerised trucks in Apapa, Kirikiri and Beach Land axis areas of the cosmopolitan state.

According to the Union, others are harassment and extortion by area boys as well as area god-fathers as part of the challenges.

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