The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers says the planned strike by Petroleum Tanker Drivers in Lagos would start today as its meeting with authorities ended in a deadlock.

The National Chairman of the PTD, Mr Salimonu Oladiti, disclosed this during a chat session in Ibadan on Sunday.

Oladiti said, “We don’t have much to say. If the issues of extortion and harassment of our members are addressed, we won’t go on strike; but if the issues are not addressed, we will go on with it.

The problems highlighted are majorly harassment by hoodlums and some security agents.

Oladiti said, “Security agents and hoodlums are extorting money from our members and officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority use taser on our drivers and this can kill.

“We have been reporting to the government but nothing has come out of it. The state government called us to a meeting on Saturday, but nothing came out of the meeting. We are still waiting for them to call another meeting.

“We will still present our demands to them and if they are ready to address them and we see their commitment, we will not go ahead with the strike. But if they are not ready, then there is no going back on the strike.”

In a statement on Friday, by The National President, NUPENG, Williams Akporeha, and the General Secretary, Olawale Afolabi, directed its members that as from midnight on Monday they should seize to offer their service

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