The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), on Sunday called on Petroleum Tanker Drivers to, in the interest and welfare of the Nigerian people, call off its planned strike action.
According to a press statement issued by the Corporation and signed by its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Garba Deen Muhammad, noted that the strike is about the condition of roads in various parts of Nigeria which are used for the distribution of goods and services including petroleum products.
The statement further stated that even though it is not the responsibility of the NNPC to build or rehabilitate roads, any disruption in the distribution of petroleum products to different parts of Nigeria will adversely affect the business of the NNPC and endanger energy security, which the country has enjoyed for a long time now.
According to him, the NNPC assures that in addition to on-going efforts by other government agencies, NNPC has initiated a process to a quick and effective solution to the road network challenges in the country.
He noted that having recognised paucity of funds as the major reason slowing down the rehabilitation roads, the NNPC had expressed interest to invest in the reconstruction of select Federal roads.
This, he said, would be done under the Federal Government’s Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme.
“NNPC, as a responsible corporate entity, recognises the legitimate concerns of the tanker drivers. We, however, appeal to the leadership of the drivers to reconsider their decision in the overall national interest.
“Accordingly, we urge petroleum tanker drivers to immediately call off the strike notice and give the current efforts by government and its agencies a chance to solve the challenges in the interest of all.
“We also wish to strongly advice Nigerians not to engage in panic buying of petroleum products as the NNPC has sufficient stock to last through this festive season and beyond”, Muhammad stated.