Nationwide Protest by Petroleum Tanker Drivers, Threaten Exit from NUPENG

The Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) arm of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has issued an ultimatum to the national leadership of the union to resign or face a mass exit of its members.

The PTD, in a statement signed by Gbenga Olawale and Adekunle Rufai of PTD, Ibadan Depot, on Sunday, accused the NUPENG National President, Williams Akporeha, and its General Secretary, Olawale Afolabi, of incompetence and mismanagement of the union’s affairs.

The statement said the tanker drivers staged a nationwide protest, putting plant leaves on their trucks, and warned NUPENG and the police not to interfere or harass their leaders.

They alleged that Akporeha was not a bona fide member of NUPENG, as he was a former cook in an oil company who was sacked while serving as the national treasurer of NUPENG.

They further alleged that he was later drafted into the Petrol Station Workers Union of NUPENG to enable him to contest for the position of NUPENG President, in violation of the union’s constitution.

They claimed that Akporeha was not a worker or a pump attendant on record, and therefore lacked the capacity to lead NUPENG. They also accused him of planting his cronies to collect and misuse the union’s revenue.

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