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NUPENG to withdraw tanker drivers from Lagos

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The national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has threatened the withdrawal of tanker drivers services from Lagos,come Monday over unaddressed challenges by the State government.

NUPENG issued the directive on Friday, following failure to address three major issues causing tanker drivers pains in the state for months.

It was passed in a Statement by the body’s National President Williams Akporeha and General Secretary, Olawale Afolabi, titled “NUPENG leadership directs withdrawal of services by petroleum tanker drivers in Lagos State with effect from Monday, August 10, 2020.”

According to them: “The entire rank and file members of the union are deeply pained, frustrated and agonised 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.”

Fatimah Oyesanmi

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