New press reports have it that NUPENG (Nigeria Union of Petroleum & Natural Gas Workers) has confirmed it gave a directive to Lagos petrol tanker drivers to commence strike action from Monday 10th of August, following failed talks with the state government.
The confirmation was reportedly made by Mr. Tayo Aboyeji, the Chairman of NUPENG in Lagos state on Monday during a press interview.
Lagos state petrol tanker drivers commence strike action following failed talks between NUPENG and the state government
According to reports, Mr. Aboyeji stated that NUPENG had a failed negotiation with the government of Lagos State and that led to the union’s directive for the tanker drivers to commence strike action around the early hours of Monday, August 10.
The chairman further explained that NUPENG executives met with the Lagos state government delegates on the night of Sunday, August 9 but couldn’t reach any fair agreement hence the union directed tanker drivers to go on strike. When explaining the reasons behind the union’s decision and approval of the strike action, the NUPENG Chairman says that some of the pressing issues include;
- Inconducive environment for petrol tankers (bad roads and etc.).
- Outrageous extortion by several security operatives positioned on various public roads across Lagos State.
- Harassment as well as extortion by different Lagos Area Godfathers and “Area boys” at various location across the state
- The hazard of several containerized trucks common to Beach Land, Kirikiri and Apapa areas of Lagos state.
Based on the overall press statements of the NUPENG executives, the union is determined to work with the state government in finding effective solutions to some of the above-listed issues before it could think of calling off the strike action.
And speaking of containerized trucks’ menace below is a video from just 2 months ago capturing moment after a container-laden truck falls on a car in Apapa, Lagos:
Container truck crushes car in Apapa