Gulf Treasures raises safety risk over unlawful depot closure by PTD
Gulf Treasures Limited, a member of Danco Group, has urged relevant stakeholders, including security agencies, to prevail on the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), a unit of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), over the unlawful closure of its bulk petroleum product storage depot, cutting off supply to its 25 filling stations in different parts of the country.
The company said the closure of the depot, currently stocked with millions of litres of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) and Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), posed safety risk to the neighbourhood.
It also noted that the jobs of about 700 of its employees nationwide were being threatened by the incessant closure of its operations by the union.
Gulf Treasures said the attention of relevant agencies had been drawn to the unlawful closure and the risk it poses but that no positive response had been received so far.
Its Managing Director, Anamero Dekeri, in a statement, said the company’s bulk petroleum storage depot, located in Apapa, had been shut since September 14, 2020 over a conflict arising from the imposition of executives on its (the company’s drivers) by the national leadership of the union.
He alleged that the national leadership of the union, who had imposed their cronies on the company’s drivers for nine years, inaugurated a parallel executive committee at Ibadan, Oyo State.
The insistence of the parallel executive members in taking over the affairs of the union, he said, triggered a protest from the depot workers.
He said that the union blocked both the entrance and the exit gates of the depot, insisting that the depot would not be allowed to operate except the “illegal executives are allowed to take charge of the affairs of the depot.”
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