NNPC to rehabilitate FG roads, urges NUPENG to shelve planned strike
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has promised to rehabilitate some federal roads in order to ensure that the business of oil marketing and availability of petroleum is sustained..
The corporation which made this known in a statement issued on Sunday, also persuaded the petroleum tanker drivers from embarking on their planned nationwide strike.
The tanker drivers, an arm of the National Union of Petroluem and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), a trade union of oil workers, had issued notice of strike and stoppage of lifting of petroleum products nationwide to protest the terrible state of roads in Nigeria.
In a swift move to stop the strike, the NNPC said it was prevailing on them not to go on strike, explaining that its decision was predicated on the fact that although it hasn’t the mandate of building roads, when petroleum products distribution is disrupted, its own business would suffer and the economy of the country would stall.
The Corporation promised the tanker drivers that it would intervene within its powers to ensure the roads get some facelift to make their work easier and safer.
It said one of the measures would be to sign an MoU with the federal government under the FG Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Task Credit Scheme to handle the construction of some collapsed major roads across the country.