The national leadership of the Petroleum Tankers Drivers (PTD), a Branch of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), has raised the alarm of plans by some highly placed politicians to infiltrate its ranks with the aim of disrupting the current easy distribution of petroleum products across the country.
The alarm was raised by National Chairman (P.T.D. NUPENG), Comrade Salimon Akanni Oladiti, while speaking at the end of branch executive meeting held in Benin City, the Edo State capital at the weekend.
The union leader therefore called on the Federal Government to be on red alert for these acclaimed unscrupulous politicians and also move fast to curb their antics before it is too late.
According to Oladiti, “We wish to draw the attention of the federal government and the various security agencies to the intelligent report that we have concerning the plans of some disgruntled politicians to use some undesirable element to forcefully cause disruptions to the current regular and unhindered supply of petroleum products across the country.
“We are aware of the intention of a faceless group to misinform our members and the public of an impending illegal strike by PTD to create security challenges.”
The tanker drivers also decried the alleged constant harassment, extortion and intimidation meted on their members by the operatives of the National Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) on highways under the guise of checking of illegal products from vandalised pipelines.
Oladiti continued, “We also wish to draw the attention of the government to the unlawful and corrupt behaviour and activities of some unscrupulous members of National Civil Defense Corps, who have constituted themselves to nuisance on the high ways.
“We have cooperated well enough and they have enough intelligence report to crush and address the issue of vandals rather than being agent of oppression.”
He also commended the President Buhari-led war against corruption in the country, saying the Federal Government anti-corruption crusade had begun to yield the deserved results. The union also urged the Federal Government to pay urgent attention to federal roads across the country adding that the deplorable state of roads had become a death trap to most of their members occasioned by road mishaps which had led to the wanton loss of lives and properties.
Representative of Federal Road Safety, Corp, (FRSC), Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, Austin Aipoh, an Assistant Corp Marshal, while lamenting the incessant road crashes involving tankers owners, said the command would continue to engage all stakeholders in stemming the spate of road accidents.
According to Aipoh, “during the phase one of operation Scorpion more than 54% of the trailers drivers were arrested for driver’s license offence. Most of them were caught with fake driver’s license.”