PMAN, NUPENG, PTD Workers Issue 7-Day Ultimatum To FG Over Deplorable Roads


PMAN, NUPENG, PTD Workers Issue 7-Day Ultimatum To FG Over Deplorable Roads

Stakeholders and workers’ unions at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Depot in Mosinmi, Sagamu area of Ogun state on Tuesday issued seven –day ultimatum to Federal Government to fix Sagamu – Ogijo – Ikorodu road now in deplorable state or  risks total shut down of the deport to create scarcity of the petroleum products in the South West.

The unions, which included the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG), the Petroleum Tankers’ Drivers (PTD) as well as the Independent Marketers’ Branch (IMB) of NUPENG, trooped to the streets to protest the deplorable state of the road.

They carried placards and chanted songs of solidarity to drive home their points.

Some of the inscriptions on their placards read: “Sagamu – Ikorodu Road Is Pathetic”, “FG, State; Our Businesses Are At Risk, Save Us”, “NNPC, Sagamu – Ikorodu Road Now Death Trap”, among others.

The unions appealed to the federal government to give express approval for the Ogun state government to enable it to rehabilitate the Sagamu – Ogijo – Ikorodu road without further delay, stressing that they were ready to pay toll charge on it.

Chairmen of the unions: Family Adelaja (IPMAN), Ganiyu Adurogangan (PTD), Comrade Olasunkanmi Sodipo (IMB) as well as the former IPMAN chairman, Alhaji Tajudeen Dele who spoke with journalists yesterday during the protest, said the protest became the last option having waited endlessly for government’s intervention without success.

The union leaders lamented that they have lost many of their members to accidents which occurred on the road due to its deplorable condition.

Emphasising that their businesses have become moribund, the union chairmen expressed dismay over what they described as “complete negligence of the road where both the state and federal government generates tangible revenue”.

They explained that they had become incapacitated after spending their unions’ money worth several millions of Naira to carry out palliative repairs on the road, “but the state at which it is now, it is beyond our capacity to go further”.