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Lagos Tanker Drivers Insist On Strike As Talks End In Deadlock

The Petroleum Tankers Drivers Association has insisted that it will go ahead with its planned strike on Monday.

Salimonu Oladiti, National Chairman of the association, said this in a chat with The Punch in Ibadan on Sunday.

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He said talks with officials of the Lagos State Government ended in deadlock.

“We are not happy to disrupt fuel supply because we know the effect but we cannot continue to cope with the problems.

“Security agents and hoodlums are extorting our members and officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management use taser on our drivers and this can kill,” he said.

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“We have been trying to cope with this for a long time but it has got to a point that our members are accusing us of feeling unconcerned about their welfare. So, there is nothing we can do than to go ahead with the strike.

“We have been reporting to the government but nothing has come out of it. The state government called us to a meeting but nothing came out of the meeting. We are still waiting for them to call another meeting.

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“We will still present our demands to them and if they are ready to address them and we see their commitment, we will not go ahead with the strike. But if they are not ready, then there is no going back on the strike.”

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On Friday, Williams Akporeba, National President of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, Olawale Afolabi, the General Secretary, had directed tanker drivers in Lagos to down tools.

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