Lagos — The Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association, DAPPMAN, has suspended its operations due to the directive by the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, to Petroleum Tankers Drivers to withdraw services in Lagos, effective 12 am, Monday, August 10.
A reliable source, who disclosed this to SweetcrudeReports, but pleaded anonymity, said Lagos should be ready for fuel scarcity as discussions between Lagos state government and NUPENG meet a brick wall.
“DAPPMAN is not loading, If the government listens to the plight of petroleum tankers and also meets their demand. The looming crisis will be diverted and everyone in the industry will benefit from it,” the source said.
He stressed that containerised trucks have literally grounded activities at various depots due to indiscriminate parking on the highways, thereby causing undue pains and hardship to petroleum tanker drivers.
He advised the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, attend to the bad state of the roads which have caused avoidable accidents and loss of lives, and elimination of urchins from the highways, who have turned tanker drivers to dispensing money machines.
It would be recalled that NUPENG has directed the withdrawal of services of Petroleum Tanker Drivers following the failure of various authorities in the State to address major issues that have severely caused pains and harrowing experiences for Petroleum Tanker Drivers in the state for several months.
NUPENG National President, Comrade Williams Akporeha, averred that, as a socially responsible organisation, they have made wide consultations with various leadership organs of their union and with other key stakeholders in the oil and gas industry and therefore resolved to embark on an indefinite strike beginning from 12 am, Monday, August 10, 2020.