JUST IN: Lagos Tanker Drivers’ To Go Ahead With Strike As Govt Talks Fails
The Petroleum Tankers Drivers Association (PTDA) will go ahead with its planned strike which begins on Monday (tomorrow) as the body fails to reach an agreement with the Lagos State Government.
This was made known on Sunday by the National Chairman of PTDA, Mr Salimonu Oladiti in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
He told the Punch that the Lagos government has failed to address issues which forced the drivers to plan to embark on an indefinite strike.
“We don’t have much to say. If the issues of extortion and harassment of our members are addressed, we won’t go on strike but if the issues are not addressed, we will go on with it,” Oladiti said.
“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.
“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.
“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.”