Petroleum tanker drivers have threatened to withdraw the services of its members if the installation of safety valves is not made mandatory in all petroleum trucks. with effect from May 1, 2021.
This was the high point of a communique issued on Sunday, March 28, after a meeting of the Branch Executive of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) workers held at the Manhattan Hall, Jericho, Ibadan.
In the communique signed by the National Chairman of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers, Comrade Salmon Akanni Oladiti, the Union noted with great concern, the increasing rate of fire incidences involving petroleum-conveying trucks and the accompanying massive destruction of lives and properties of its members and the general public.
The Union believes these safety valves, if installed will go a long way in reducing the rate of fire incidents involving petroleum trucks and therefore save precious lives and properties, and therefore called on the Federal Government to enforce the mandatory installation of safety valves in all petroleum tankers.
Noting government’s dilly dallying attitude towards the enforcement of the compulsory installation of safety valves in all petroleum trucks to protect the inflammable contents of these trucks from spilling over when road mishaps occur, the Union it’s members would be pulled off the roads by May 1, 2021 if the mandatory installation of the safety valves is not enforced.
According to the communique:
“The Union resolved to direct all our members to withdraw their services if installation of Safety valve is not made mandatory in all petroleum trucks with effect from 1st of May 2021, in view of the fact that our members are usually the first casualties in any situation of fire incidents involving petroleum trucks”.
The Union also complained, among other things, the deplorable conditions under which they work, very bad Nigerian roads and the reluctance of the Nigeria Association of Road Transport Owners to negotiate the renewal of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for new working conditions for the Petroleum Tanker Drivers.
The Union said it is not unmindful of the pains and discomforts its decisions and intending actions will have on the general public but stressed that these are hard and difficult decisions it must take for the sake of its members and even the general public.