NUPENG national President, Comrade Prince Williams Akporeha has commended the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) branch of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) for their consistency in unique regime transition which is traditionally known to be without crises in the last twenty years.
The Labour leader also pointed out that PTD has remained a model for other labour movement in the country through its conduct and this has attracted lots of support and recognition from government, law enforcement agents, Road users, members of public, and other stakeholders in the downstream sector making these stakeholders to treat NUPENG members with respect and dignity.
Akporeha disclosed this during his opening remarks on Thursday May 10, 2018 in Abuja at the 4th quadrennial delegate’s conference of the union with the theme: “Road Infrastructure in Nigeria: Impacts on Petroleum Products Distribution”.
He as well maintained that the union has dispassionately used its strength for the survival of other branches and ensuring that worker’s are not jeopardized.
“Looking at the history, development and growth of the Petroleum Tanker Driver Branch of the union, one cannot but be amazed about the consistency of leadership quality of this branch, most especially when one considers their life journey and circumstances.
They have continually been evolving into well knit cohesive group, producing quality and progressive leadership uncommon even among very learned groups and association in this country. The transitions from one regime to another for the past two decades have been so peaceful and well organised. The branch keeps moving from one level of achievement to another.
One very unique thing about the Petroleum Tanker Drivers Branch is the willingness to protect the weak and vulnerable branches. We have embarked on so many struggles using petroleum trucks to picket companies that infringe on workers’ rights. We have earned so much respect from the public, government and managements to a very large extent because we have the Tanker Drivers as loyal and committed members.” Akporeha stated.
Also at the august gathering Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), the Minister of Works, Power and Housing during his key note address said federal government had committed N300 billion so far on road infrastructure as against the previous administration, which committed only N18 billion. According to the honourable minister,
“It is one thing to have a plan, it is another thing to commit to the faithful implementation of that plan; let me remind you that the budget I inherited from the ministry of works from the last administration was N18 billion for all the roads in Nigeria.
“Only N9 billion was paid out of the budget but the last budget in the state that I left for road was about N74 billion for one state, while the whole country budgeted N18 billion during the time of transformation agenda.
“That is when the country was earning about 100 dollars for one barrel of oil but this is the time of economic recovery and growth plan which has committed close to N300 billion to road and with funding of about N260 billion.
“And this is happening when oil price is below 100 dollars per barrel, meaning that this administration is doing more with less resources.”
He said that government had identified six priority areas of road that needed urgent attention, noting that it did not mean other areas were totally left out.
The minister stated that there was no state in the country presently that road construction or rehabilitation was not going on, adding that 300 roads across Nigeria were under construction.
He said the six areas of focus were the roads with the heaviest traffic which was the A1-A4 road like Lagos-Shagamu, Ore-Benin, Enugu, Onisha, Calabar, adding that the contractor had gone back to site on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Mr Fashola said that road connecting agricultural development areas roads leading to ports and depot; roads inside higher institutions and comprehensive maintenance of bridges and repairs were being given priority at the moment.
He, however, added that the biggest causes of road accident based on the monthly report given to the ministry was over speeding with 10 per cent caused by bad road and, charged the tanker drivers to put safety first.
Dr. Maikanti Baru, the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), on his part acknowledged the role of tanker drivers in resolving the challenges of distribution of fuel product during fuel scarcity.
He said with the help of the association, they were able to apprehend those involved in fuel diversion and smugglers in the country.
Dr Baru pledged NNPC’s continuous dialogue and collaboration with the association to ensure smooth distribution of fuel product in the country.
Otunba (Comrade) Salimon Oladiti, the National Chairman, Petroleum Tanker Drivers branch of NUPENG said the theme was centred around the major concern of its members, which was road infrastructure.
“The theme for this conference centres around the major condition of work for our teeming members, which is road infrastructure and its impact on our efficiency and effective delivery on petroleum products.”
Otunba Oladiti, however, commended its members for their continuous support for the association and their commitment towards the newly commissioned PTD hotels in Moses Majekodunmi crescent, Utako.
Other dignitaries present were Chairman House of Reps committee on Petroleum resources downstream, Hon Joseph Akinlaja, Hon Peter Akpatason Chairman House of Reps committee on Civil Societies and Development Partners Committee, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi Corps Marshal-Federal Road Safety Commission.
Also at the venue were Comrade Frank Ovie Kokori former General Secretary of NUPENG, NARTO President Alhaji Kassim Ibrahim Bataiya, IPMAN’s National President, Mr Obasi Lawson, Engineer Henry Ikem Obih, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Downstream, representatives of FCT minister and Labour minister, Dr Ndu Ughamadu NNPC Group General Manager Public Affairs to mention a few. Minister of Labour and and his FCT counterpart who were unavoidably absent sent their representatives in honour of the union.
Pictures during commissioning of PTD Hotels at Moses Majekodunmi Crescent, Utako, Abuja.
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