Lagos Fuel scarcity to worsen as NUPENG issues Nov 6 strike notice
The ongoing fuel scarcity currently ravaging the country may worsen in Lagos and neighbouring states, as the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, yesterday threatened to shut fuel supplies to the state over alleged violent attacks, intimidation, harassment and extortion of members by hoodlums.
Specifically, NUPENG claimed that hoodlums along Lekki Free Trade Zone Road, Eleko, Ibeju Lekki, parading themselves as community youths under the name of Indigenous Unity Forum, have been harassing, intimidating, and extorting money from every Petroleum Tanker Drivers , PTD, members plying the road.
In a letter to the state governor, titled “Industrial Peace And Harmony In Lagos State: Demand For Urgent Action”, dated October 28, 2022, NUPENG’s General Secretary, Afolabi Olawale, lamented that the union had on several occasions, denounced the activities of these elements and written to several authorities, including security agencies, but to no avail.
The letter read: “We are deeply constrained to bring to your urgent attention, the unwholesome activities of some criminal elements parading themselves along Lekki Free Trade Zone Road, Eleko Ibeju, Lekki, as community youths under the name of Indigenous Unity Forum, harassing, intimidating, and extorting money from every Petroleum Truck Drivers, who are NUPENG/PTD members plying the road.”