Nigerian fuel truck drivers start strike; shortages feared

21 Sep 2017   Nigeria

Nigerian fuel truck drivers have begun a strike, their union said Wednesday, triggering fears of a fresh shortage of oil products.  In addition to seeking a pay rise and a better welfare package, the drivers are protesting the government’s neglect of the roads. The spokesman for the drivers’ unit of the blue collar oil workers’ union Nupeng, Tokunbo Korodo told S&P Global Platts on Wednesday that while the bad state of most Nigerian roads had claimed the lives of many drivers in accidents, employers have refused to increase drivers’ wages.  “In compliance with the directive by the national executive of Nupeng, drivers have been directed to stop [fuel] loading at the depots across the country,” Korodo said.

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