By Temitope Adedeji in Akure
Residents of Ondo and Ekiti States may start experiencing hardship as the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Ore Depot in Ondo State begins a three-day warning strike today.
In a statement signed by the Chairmen of the Petroleum Tankers Drivers (PTD), Comrade Yinka Akinde and the Independent Marketing Branch (IMB), Comrade Olakunle Ajulo and obtained by journalists in Akure, the state capital, following a meeting of the Pipeline Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Ore Depot, the union disclosed that its decision to embark on the strike was as a result of the failure of the management of the PPMC to make products available at the depot since 2013.
It was also revealed in the statement that several appeals have been made while efforts to address the issue at the depot have proved abortive.
The union also threatened to prevent any attempt by petrol tanker drivers to haul petroleum products to both Ondo and Ekiti States as it will be mounting road blocks at all entry points to the two contiguous states.
While urging the federal government to urgently intervene by ensuring that fuel is pumped to the Ore Depot within the time frame of its strike, the union advised the PPMC management to intervene in the settling of 11 months salary arrears of the pipeline surveillance security outfit amounting to ₦22 million as of January 2015.
The union, threatened further that if its damands are not met the strike action will be continue.