Petroleum Tanker Drivers, an arm of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers of Nigeria, has decried the deplorable condition of the Sapele-Benin Highway as well as the Eku-Agbor Road while giving the Federal Government a one-week ultimatum to commence rehabilitation work on them.
Addressing journalists in Warri over the poor state of the roads, the first Deputy National Chairman of PTD, Lucky Osesua, flanked by other national and zonal officers, declared that they would not hesitate to withdraw their tankers from the road if the government failed to move in to start repair work on the road.
While urging Nigerians to join in the call on the Federal Government to fix bad federal roads, he lamented that petroleum tankers were having a very bitter experience “particularly at the Ologbo portion of the Sapele-Benin expressway with many of them stranded at the spot for as much as five days due to the deplorable state of the road”.
He expressed worry over the danger of petroleum tankers meandering through bad roads, saying it could cause loss of lives.
He said, “We have met with the government on the need to fix the bad roads but nothing concrete came out. This is why we had to come out with this ultimatum. If by the end of the week we don’t see workers fixing the road, we will ask our tankers to stop lifting petroleum products.”