Hundreds of tanker drivers on Thursday stormed Ibadan, Oyo state capital for a Lagos zonal congress where their National Chairman, Otunba Salimon Akanni Oladiti re echoed the reintroduction of toll gate nationwide by the Federal Government.
Comrade Oladiti, the National Chairman of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) of the National Union of Petroleum Gas Workers (NUPENG), said it was the considered opinion of all drivers that the re-introduction of such toll fees would ensure regular road maintenance to engender quality, durability and efficiency of road networks across the country.
This according to him would make Nigeria roads to be in the best condition which is obtainable in the advanced countries.
The congress was kick started with the book launch titled “Akanbi: The story of a Petroleum Tanker Driver”. It was held in honour of the outgoing PTD Chairman, Lagos Zonal Council, Comrade Rasak Akanbi and the book was heavily subscribed by the units, states and zonal councils of PTD with millions of naira realized at the event.
The PTD National Chairman recalled the training of 8, 000 of his members in the last one year, majority of who were taken to countries like Italy, Dubai, United Kingdom and others for exposure; training and retraining to ensure they were abreast of modern trend in driving.
Oladiti said Nigerian Government has what it takes to replicate similar road networks in Nigeria and “maintain such through tolls to be paid by our members and other road users.”
According to him, deteriorating condition of road and abuse of roads by some truck owners should be a thing of concern to the government and “we at PTD of NUPENG are saying there should be quality control and check on excessive and abuse of our roads by some Nigerians. We are not happy when lives are lost to avoidable accidents on the bad roads which dot the landscape of major highways and that’s why we are training our members locally and internationally to be safety conscious”.