Nigerians have called for prompt action on the part of Government in ensuring that tanker drivers cease to hold the nation to ransom.
Expressing their views, a cross-section of commuters expressed dismay at the constant blackmail of the populace by the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) a part of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and their capability of getting away with paralyzing the economy.
It will be recalled that recently in Lagos, NUPENG and the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) had a disagreement over the seizure of 27 tankers impounded by the state Government for violation of traffic Laws leading to a strike action and culminating in fuel scarcity in the state.
Two Lagosians, Olumuyiwa Adedeji and Funmilayo Oladapo who said there was no cause for NUPENG’s action urged the state Government to acquire tankers to be used in such emergency situations or employ other means to prove to NUPENG and all that no one is above the law. They stated that such measures will break the monopoly of the PTD.
A Student of the University of Lagos Elizabeth Adigun stressed the need for enacting a law to put in place legal punishment for unreasonable and unlawful strike as a measure to bring sanity to the system. .
Contributing, a civil servant Michael Adesanya charged Government to stand firm in fighting and protecting the citizens describing the strike action as a criminal act on the part of the PTD especially as four persons were burnt and are presently receiving treatment for burns sustained at a black market spot.
By AMUSU THERESA