03 December 2015, Lagos – Petroleum tanker drivers have been urged to be more vigilant and security conscious as they go about their job.
The National Chairman of Petroleum Tanker Drivers, a branch of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Comrade Salimon Akanni Oladiti, told its members that the union shall continue to rise in defence of their interests.
Oladiti cautioned them against over-speeding, adding that the PTD would continue to collaborate with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on the strict enforcement of speed limit regulation.
He warned tanker drivers to stop using petroleum tankers to carry passengers and to remember that such acts are dangerous, noting that many drivers have died while others have been caught as a result of their involvement in crimes because they carried passengers with contraband goods.
Oladiti said any driver caught would face the law as he had directed that no chapter of the union should intervene in such matters.
He urged his members to always remember their loved ones waiting for them at home anytime they are at work, adding that they should see their being behind the wheel as an assignment that must be taken with total responsibility.
Also, the PTD’s National Public Relations Officer, Comrade Atanda Adebayo, has warned members of public to stop patronising petroleum tanker trucks and and stop using them to carry unauthorised goods.
He said henceforth, any other goods besides petroleum products found on any tanker would be deemed as illegal and would be confiscated by law enforcement agents.
Adebayo said this was part of the resolution reached at the last quarterly retreat which took place on December 20 in Port Harcourt, adding that the chairman has promised uninterrupted lifting of petroleum products to all parts of the country during the Yuletide.