The Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) Branch of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has threatened to withdraw its services if the installation of safety valve is not made mandatory in petroleum trucks with effect from May 1.
The union’s Chairman, Mr Akanni Oladiti, stated this in a statement the branch issued on Sunday, following its Executive Meeting held on March 27 in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Oladiti said that the decision was because the union members were usually the first casualties in any situation of fire accidents involving petroleum trucks.
According to him, the safety valves, if installed will go a long way in reducing the rate of fire accidents involving petroleum trucks and therefore save precious lives and property.
“The council in session noted with deep concerns, the inability to fully enforce the compulsory installation of safety valves in all petroleum trucks to protect the inflammable contents of the trucks from spilling over in a situation of road mishaps.
“These fire accidents are becoming too many but definitely avoidable.
“The branch executive council in session is not unmindful of the pains and discomforts our decisions and intending actions will have on the general public.