The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation,NNPC, has promised to rehabilitate some federal roads in a bid to dissuade the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers,NUPENG, from going on strike.
The gesture from the corporation is in response to the threat by petroleum tankers to embark on a strike action from Monday over the deplorable state of roads across the country.
The tanker drivers, an arm of NUPENG, had issued notice of strike and stoppage of lifting of petroleum products nationwide to protest the terrible state of roads in Nigeria.
But NNPC is prevailing on them not to go on strike. It noted that although it hasn’t the mandate of building roads, but 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.
One of the promised measures is the plan to get into an MoU with the federal government under the Federal Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Task Credit Scheme to handle the construction of some collapsed major roads across the country.