Poor state of roads in Nigeria could be the new reason for extended scarcity of fuel as PMS tanker drivers have threatened to go on strike. The group has stated the safety of their members is as important as everyone else’s in the country.
In any allegation mention, it was stated that some people were already sitting over the N621billion Road Infrastructure Tax Credit Scheme set budgeted for the rehabilitation of 21 critical roads across the country.
Their National Chairman, Comrade Salmon Akanni, who spoke with reporters in Abuja, vowed that members of his association would proceed on strike at a very short notice if the government does not put the roads in order very soon.
The PTD boss recalled the discussion had in two previous meeting held in 2021 in Enugu and Ibadan that “The two meetings resulted into signing of communique indicating the readiness and willingness of NNPC to finance the rehabilitation of identified 21 critical roads at an estimated sum of N621 Billion through Road Infrastructure Tax Credit Scheme. To the delight of all of us, the issued was tabled before the Federal Executive Council and was expressly approved within two weeks as agreed”.
“On the basis of this communique, we suspended the intended industrial action but with a very clear warning, that should the spirit and letter of the agreement not fully implemented with focus on those jointly identified critical roads, the Union will not hesitate to resume the intended actions without further warning.”
“Unfortunately, and to our greatest shocks, we heard it from very reliable sources that some vultures in the garbs of being State governments, Officials of Ministry of Works and Housing and politicians are already depleting these funds and misappropriating them on roads and projects not intended in the agreement as approved by the Federal Executive Council.
“This is an open day robbery but we are assuring all and sundry, that our union will go to all lengths to expose these unscrupulous individuals.
“Every kobo of the approved fund must be accounted for and we must see and broadcast the pre and post rehabilitation of all the identified 21 federal road to the whole nation. tax payers’ money must be accounted for.”
According to him, there may be no further consultation with the Federal Government before the association down tools.