The present ease of fuel scarcity may be temporary as the Tanker Drivers Branch of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (PTD-NUPENG) has threatened to go on strike over what they tagged illegal activities and imperious acts of security operatives, particularly the Military Task Force operating in the Port Harcourt zone of the Union. This recent development was revealed in the nation's capital on 4th January 2023 by the National Chairman of the PTD-NUPENG, Comrade Lucky Osesua noting that the Military Task Force operating in Rivers State capital burnt two trucks conveying HPFO, also known as black oil on the night of 3rd January as the truck driver was said to be transporting crude oil.
Mr. Osesua who presented the documents to newsmen said," The drivers presented WayBills, NUPENG receipts, and quality control documents. But the military men still insisted that they carried crude oil.! They drove the two trucks away and burnt them between Ahoada and Elele in Rivers State, on Tuesday night.
"Without investigation, without reaching out to the refinery, where the drivers mentioned that they lifted the Black Oil, the soldiers burnt down the trucks, in less than five hours."
The PTD-NUPENG National Chairman, who also presented to journalists documents signed by Charles Okon, Refinery Manager of Walter Smith Refinery and Petrochemical, where the products were lifted stated that the Union has agreed to stop lifting products at its Port Harcourt zone. More so, stating that the same decision to halt loading nationwide would be finalized come 9th January 2023, except damages incurred as the haughty Military Task Force were addressed.