The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), says its Petroleum Tanker Drivers will commence their strike on Monday.
The South-west Zonal Chairman of NUPENG, Mr. Taiwo Aboyeji, in an interview with journalists in Lagos said the union had lost so many of its members, properties to bad roads and other pressing issues.
He said all Tanker Drivers from the union are constrained to retreat and also withdraw their services Nationwide.
Casualties are endless and the tanker drivers have been going through harrowing situation while rendering selfless national service.
“The increase(d) rate of fire incidences involving petroleum tankers with accompanying massive destruction of lives and properties of our members and general public is enough.
“This is because of government failure to enforce installation of safety gadget on tanker.
“This will protect the inflammation contents of their trucks from spilling over in a situation of road accident.
“We see the failure of the government in this regards as height of insensitivity to lives of innocent Nigerians and union cannot continue to hold its hands while our members are getting burnt everywhere and everyday,” he said.
The Zonal Chairman has said the union is not happy with the unscrupulous abuse of tonnage.
“This load has a negative effect and impact on the safety and control of drivers on the wheel as well as durability and sustainability of the highway.
“The unions do not want any truck to carry more than the approved capacity,” he said.
Mr Aboyeji said the union had given notice to the government “to put all these in order to avert the nationwide strike on Monday.”
“We know that the present administration would not do anything until we start the nationwide strike,” he said.