- Nigerians have been pre-informed of impending fuel scarcity over the strike that will be embarked upon by petrol tankers
- The Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) on Monday, September 27, threatened to go on strike starting from Friday, October 8
- One of the demands made by the PTD is the repair of all the bad portions of the roads by the federal government
The Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) branch of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has fixed Friday, October 8, to commence a nationwide strike.
PTD's national chairman, Otunba Salman Oladiti, who spoke with Nigerian Tribune on Monday, September 27, said the association will not fail to embark on the industrial action if the federal government fails to meet its demands.
Among the demands the union is making is the reconstruction of all the bad portions of the roads, limiting the loading capacity to 45,000 litres, and enforcement of safety valve devices on trucks.
“By the end of this week, if nothing is done about our demands, we will go on strike proper on the 8 of next month.
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“Before now, we gave government ultimatum of 21 days, 14 days and 7 days. But, due to intervention, we suspended it.
“This time around, we don’t need to give notice again. We will act on what we have suspended before."
N380 per litre? FG takes final decision as governors, oil marketers recommend new price of petrol
Meanwhile, the Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria (PETROAN) had demanded an immediate end to fuel subsidy in line with the state governors’ previous recommendation.
A committee set up by the Nigerian Governors Forum had in May recommended the removal of subsidy and the increment of petrol price up to between N380 and N408.5 per litre.
The committee had explained that the current subsidy regime was unsustainable because smugglers and illegal markets in neighbouring African countries were the beneficiaries.
The minister of state for petroleum resources, Timipre Sylva, in a statement, explained at the time that the current petrol price of between N162 and N165 per litre would stay.
Sylva added the current price would be retained until the ongoing negotiations with the organised labour were concluded.