The National Union of Oil and Gas Workers (NUPENG) stated that the strike plan for oil tanker drivers in Lagos will begin on Monday. This action may cause fuel shortages in Nigeria’s largest city. The union stated that the meeting with the Lagos state government was deadlocked. Tayo Aboyeji, chairman of NUPENG Southwest District, delivered a speech at the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) on Sunday. He said that in the four-hour meeting, the issue that forced drivers to initiate an indefinite strike was not resolved. Aboyeji revealed that the Lagos government only agreed to go back. He said that their position is still to stop extortion and harassment by members.
The official revealed that members of the PTD accused NUPENG of harassing and beating drivers on the roads of Lagos along with security personnel. In a statement on Friday, NUPENG President Williams Akporeha instructed the tanker drivers to evacuate the service from 12 midnight on Monday.
“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.
Security agents and hoodlums are extorting our members and officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management use a 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.”