PTD, NUPENG, deny purported strike action, insist media report misleading

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and its Petroleum Tanker Drivers Branch (PTD) have denied media reports of threats to embark on a nationwide strike over purported leadership tussles in the Union.

Reacting to the report, the National Chairman of the PTD Branch of NUPENG, Augustine Egbon, in a statement, attributed the news item to those bent on creating panic in the supply chain of Petroleum Products distribution in the country.

He said that there was no division within its rank and there was no need for any form of protest.

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.

The NUPENG General Secretary noted that the motive of those behind the press statement was to create panic in the public space and cause artificial scarcity of petroleum products.

The Union further tasked security agencies to fish out those behind the news item which it noted was very capable of creating social upheaval and security concerns.

Afolabi added that all the Petroleum Tanker Drivers are fully committed to the national services of effective and efficient distribution of Petroleum Products across the country.


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