The leadership of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) branch of the Union have stated that there is no plan whatsoever by the PTD to embark on any protest, as there is no division in the Union as some desperate individuals and their sponsors want to project, adding that the news item is false and unfounded.
In a statement signed by the NUPENG General Secretary, Afolabi Olawale, it was noted that the Union found it important to correct the misleading information in the media about the purported protest of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers across the country.
According to the statement, “We are deeply compelled to quickly release this statement to avert any form of panic, that the fake news item is false and unfounded, and should be ignored.
“It is intended to create panic in the public and cause artificial scarcity by these desperate individuals. All the petroleum tanker drivers are fully committed to the national services of effective distribution of petroleum products across the country.
“We earnestly call on the security agencies to urgently fish out the writer of this very misleading and panic-creating news items and make him face the full wrath of the law if he/she cannot prove the source and authority of the fake news item which is very capable of creating social upheaval and security concerns.”