NUPENG-PTD Crisis: Petrol Tanker Drivers Begin Nationwide Protest

Petroleum tanker drivers have threatened to exit its umbrella body, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), if its President, Williams Akporeha, and general secretary, Afolabi Olawale, do not resign.

PTD Ibadan depot ex-officio Gbenga Olawale said on Sunday that the tanker drivers would begin a nationwide protest to press home their demand. The statement directed PTD members across the country to move with “leaves” in front of their trucks to warn NUPENG and police against interference and harassment of their leaders.

According to the statement by Mr. Gbenga, he stated that the President of the union is not a member of NUPENG and, as such, lacks the competence to lead the union. He alleged that Williams was drafted into petrol station workers of NUPENG to enable him to contest election as NUPENG president, which was not in accordance with the NUPENG constitution.

PTD alleged that Mr. Williams planted his surrogates to collect all union revenues thereby not sticking to his promise of developing the union and tanker drivers. 

The petrol tanker drivers had decided to stand with Lucky Osusan and Dayyabu Garga to be the new NUPENG president and general secretary, respectively, and are vying for a new election to take place.

The association added that they decided to support Lucky Osusan and Garga because they sacrificed so much to ensure their members were free from extortion. 

Source: Peoples Gazette

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