The Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) branch of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has appealed to the governments of Lagos and Ogun states to check the excesses of their agencies on the highways.
Speaking with Nigerian NewsDirect, the National Public Relations Officer, Mr Adebayo Atanda, said officials of Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) and Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) were making transportation of products difficult for tanker drivers
He made this known at a training organized in conjunction with TRACE, LASTMA, Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), Fire Service and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
In his words, “Passing through Lagos and Ogun States has become a nightmare for our drivers. Officials of TRACE are making things difficult for our members. We have written to Ogun Government to check the TRACE officials because if this continues, we may be forced to stop loading products to the state.
“We have warned our members to obey the rules and regulations of each state and ensure that they stop when any of these agencies asks them to park. But they have to be lenient with some of these drivers, whenever their tanker breaks down on road. Instead of allowing our drivers to repair their truck, they will arrest and tow the truck away.
He however appealed to the agencies to be lenient with its members while carrying out their legitimate duty.
“We are appealing to officials to temper justice with mercy anytime our tanker drivers are passing through their roads,’’ he said.
He added that the training programme would afford the tanker drivers to familiarise with all the road traffic officials in the two states.