Fuel scarcity looms as truck drivers withdraw services
Written by Morenike Adebayo on July 26, 2016
There is an impending fuel scarcity as truck owners have announced plans to suspend transportation of petroleum products across the country, beginning from today.
The truck owners had last week, issued a seven-day ultimatum within which to withdraw their services over alleged unpaid bridging claims and reduction of freight rate paid to its members by the Petroleum Equalization Fund, PEF.
Leaderships of the National Association of Road Transport Owners, NARTO, and the Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD, branch of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, who addressed a joint press conference on Monday threatened to withdraw their services at the expiration of the ultimatum.
National President of NARTO, Alhaji Kassim Ibrahim Bataiya, who was assisted by PTD’s Comrade salimon Olatidi at the media briefing, requested the management board of the PEF to immediately commence the full payment of transporters’ claims.