The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and its Petroleum Tanker Drivers Branch (PTD) have issued a statement denying reports of a purported nationwide strike.
The clarification was made by the National Chairman of the PTD Branch of NUPENG, Augustine Egbon, in a statement issued Monday.
Egbon attributed the news item to those bent on creating panic in the supply chain of Petroleum Products distribution in the country.
He noted that there was no division within its rank and there was no need for any form of protest.
Egbon noted, ”The leadership of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) Branch of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) wishes to alert the general public of the antics of some desperate and mischievous individuals to cause unfounded and dangerous panic in the supply chain of Petroleum Products distribution in the country through spreading of fake and false news items.
“The Petroleum Tanker Drivers are not embarking on any form of protest and we are determined to continue our services to the nation and wholeheartedly support the efforts of the government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to put our economy on the right track for the good of all of us.”
“We wish to further reiterate the fact that there is no division in our Union and the Branch of Petroleum Tanker Drivers. Our members are fully committed and United in our collective struggles as we believe that Workers United, can never be defeated.”
Egbon called on the general public to ignore the mischief makers while urging the security agencies to fully investigate the panic-creating news items as citizens are already going through enough tough times.
Similarly, the General Secretary of NUPENG, Olawale Afolabi, while reacting to the media reports in a statement issued Monday, declared that there was no plan whatsoever to embark on any protest.
He maintained that there was no division in the Union as some desperate individuals and their sponsors want to project.