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Fuel scarcity: Tanker drivers deny embarking on nationwide protest

Members of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) have dismissed the report saying it would embark on a nationwide protest to demand the resignation of NUPENG President and its General Secretary, Williams Akporeha and Afolabi Olawale respectively. 

The tanker drivers were reacting to a publication by Daily Trust which stated that their union’s ex-officio, Gbenga Olawale from Ibadan depot, said the PTD has directed its members across the country to move with leaves in front of their trucks to serve as a warning to NUPENG.

In a statement by the PTD National Chairman, Augustine Egbon, the tanker drivers described Olawale’s directive as “unfounded”, saying it is dangerous because it can cause panic in the supply chain of petroleum products distribution nationwide.

The statement read, “The leadership of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) Branch of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) wishes to alert the general public of the antics of some desperate and mischievous individuals to cause unfounded and dangerous panic in the supply chain of petroleum products distribution in the country through spreading fake and false news items. 

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“The Petroleum Tanker Drivers are not embarking on any form of protest and we are determined to continue our services to the nation and wholeheartedly support the efforts of the government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to put our economy on the right track for the good of all of us.

 “We wish to further reiterate the fact that there is no division in our Union and the Branch of Petroleum Tanker Drivers. Our members are fully committed and united in our collective struggles as we believe that workers united, can never be defeated.

“The general public is implored to ignore these mischief makers and security agencies are hereby called upon to fully investigate these panic-creating news items as the citizens are already going through enough tough times and situations. We shall overcome.”