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By; PETER NOSAKHARE, Kaduna
Rivers State branch of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has said it will direct its members to withdraw services in seven days’ time if the constant harassment of its members by the officials of the state government is not addressed.
In a letter dated September 7, 2022, and addressed to the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, the association decried the indiscriminate arrest and seizures of trucks of its members in the state without justification.
The union said it had become frustrated and helpless in the face of oppressive government agencies that have become repressive toward petroleum tanker drivers who are diligently discharging their essential duties and ensuring free flow and equitable distribution of petroleum products to the state.
The letter read in part, “The union is once again constrained to draw the attention of the Rivers State Government to our letter dated August 25, 2022 over the resumption of indiscriminate arrest and impoundment of trucks in the state without any justification by the security agencies and local government authorities.
According to the letter, trucks laden with petroleum products are still in the custody of security agencies.
The letter read further, “The union at the end of the zonal council meeting held on the 6th of September 2022, has resolved to issue a 7-day ultimatum to all agencies concerned and the state government at large to resolve this impasse or leave the union with no option upon the expiration of this notice to direct all petroleum tanker drivers to withdraw their services to the state.”
The union implored the governor to intervene in the matter to avoid the imminent disruption in the free flow of petroleum products in the state.