Tanker drivers have no plan to break away from NUPENG- Forum

The forum of former National Chairmen of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers Branch (PTD) says the tanker drivers have no plan to break away from the umbrella union.

Mr John Ossai, a member of the forum said this during a solidarity visit to the National Chairman, Mr Augustine Egbon at the PTD- NUPENG National Secretariat in Abuja on Friday.

Ossai while affirming the support of the former national chairmen said that NUPENG would continue to play its leadership position in the affairs of the PTD branch.

He also appealed to unit chairmen to continue to cooperate with the national leadership under Egbon.

“We are proud of the election that our mother union, NUPENG  organised which produced the new leadership,” he said.

He added that all branch units of PTD nationwide should pledge their loyalty to the new leadership.

He said having factions within the union was uncalled for and driven by self interest and would not be accepted.

“NUPENG and PTD is one, today, the union is more refined. The PTD won’t break away from NUPENG for any reason.

“I am appealing to all members to be law-abiding and be loyal to their national chairman and NUPENG. That is the flag we have been flying,” Ossai said.

Also speaking, another member, Mr Tijani Zubair described the new national chairman as a bridge builder and peace maker whose leadership would address the demands of the union for better welfare for tanker drivers and good roads for haulage of petroleum products.

Zubair cautioned against call for strike by aggrieved groups who claimed to be a faction, saying that any strike action would amount to a deliberate plot to sabotage President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

He called on all union members to give peace a chance, saying they should work as a family and  support the new leadership to succeed.

“The government  of Nigeria under  President Tinubu needs peace and if their is no peace, investment won’t come to Nigeria,” he said.

Egbon in his remarks, thanked the forum for the visit and assured that his leadership would continue to cement the existing relationship with NUPENG.

He said he would avoid any action that could threaten the peace in the downstream sector of the oil industry.(https://newsatlarge.ng)

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