By Emameh Gabriel,
…Says PTD action presents imminent safety risk
The management of Gulf Treasures Limited has called on relevant authorities, including security agencies, to prevail on the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), a unit of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), over what it described as “unlawful closure” of its bulk petroleum product storage depot in Lagos, cutting off supply to its filling stations across the country.
Managing Director of the company, which is a member of Danco Group, Anamero Dekeri, told Leadership that the company’s bulk petroleum storage depot, located in Apapa, had been shut since September 14, 2020 following a disagreement arising from the imposition of executives on its (the company’s drivers) by the national leadership of the union.
He disclosed that the closure of the depot, currently stocked with millions of litres of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) and Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), posed safety risk to the neighbourhood.
Mr Dekeri also noted that the jobs of about 700 of its employees nationwide were being threatened by the incessant closure of its operations by the union.
He however said the attention of relevant agencies had been drawn to the unlawful closure but nothing positive has been done to address the situation.
He further warned of the safety risk involved if the closure persists.
Mr Dekeri alleged that the national leadership of the union, who had imposed their cronies on the company’s drivers for nine years, inaugurated a parallel executive committee at Ibadan, Oyo State.
The insistence of the parallel executive members in taking over the affairs of the union, he said, triggered a protest from the depot workers.
He said that the union blocked both the entrance and the exit gates of the depot, insisting that the depot would not be allowed to operate except the “illegal executives are allowed to take charge of the affairs of the depot.”