The Presidential Tasks Team (PTT) and Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) may be reinvigorating a synergy to boost product safety and drivers’ welfare, without compromising sanity in Apapa or its environs.
The Maritime First learnt that the need which is anchored on safety implies that PTD would now operate beginning from this January 15th, to operate only from 7am in the morning to 7pm in the evening.
Comrades, please be notified that with effect from tomorrow 15th of January 2020, Petroleum tanker Trucks will only operate from 7am in the morning to 7pm in the evening.
It was further learnt that the PTD, a unit of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) had tabled the issue and received endorsement of the Presidency.
“The decision was jointly taken by the presidency and the leadership of our great union NUPENG”, a Union member who spoke on conditions of anonymity told the Maritime First, adding that the PTT was already communicated to ensure total compliance.
Throwing his weight behind the strategic decision, the PTT it was further learnt, has pledged to continue to ensure that quality attention for PTD, between the hours of 10am to 5pm, daily, in respect of tanker approach to Apapa depot.
Efforts to see the PTT Executive Vice Chairman, Comrade Kayode Opeifa was futile as he was said to have gone for a crucial meeting, outside Apapa. A member of the body however confirmed it, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“It is true. And we fully working in total support of it”, he told our correspondent, stressing that the endowment was in furtherance of the PTT’s 10am to 5pm advise on tankers’ approach to Apapa depot.
“The EVC has also parlayed on this with the PTD National leadership, and better understanding has been established”, he clarified further, saying that the current arrangement was not affected by this recent directive of the PTD National leadership.
“The directive is meant to protect Drivers, Tankers and Products during movement across the country.
“The 10am to 5am arrangement is still within this time frame and a traffic management option to free roads leading to Apapa depots of tankers during traffic rush hours. This is in the interest of the truckers and the general public”, he also said, stressing Comrade Opera’s unwavering commitment to all petroleum products stakeholders, especially in terms of their welfare and conducive business environment; alongside other stakeholders in the haulage sector.
“Let the Comrade come back as he would be willing to speak more on this.
“But one thing you can be very sure about is that the Comrade is totally committed to all stakeholders and other citizens at large, in and around Apapa, particularly on fuel depots approach roads because they are of serious concern to the PTT. This is non-negotiable!”, he explained.