07 February 2018, Sweetcrude, Lagos – The Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD, Branch of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, says it has no plans to embark on strike.
A statement by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, quoting the PTD chairman, Otunba Oladiti Salman, said the group stated this in response to rumours making the rounds about alleged strike plan by the drivers over the bad state of roads in the country.
According to him, the purported ultimatum to the government by NUPENG over the state of some roads in the country was “a ruse”.
Otunba Salman said the statement, which has been trending in the social media, is a “calculated attempt by mischief makers to cause panic in the country”.
The PTD chairman disclosed that his union was on the same page with the government having had a parley on Thursday, February 1, 2018 in Abuja with the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, where he noted comprehensive reports of on-going repairs and reconstructions of damaged highways.
Otunba Salman explained that at the meeting, the union was reassured by the comprehensive reports of all the on-going repairs and reconstruction of the damaged highways in parts of the country and the stage of works on them.