Niger Delta students ask NUPENG to reopen Gulf Treasures depot
The Niger Delta Students’ Union Government (NIDSUG) has called on the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) to prevail on the zonal office of the Petroleum Tankers Drivers (PTD) to reopen the closed Gulf Treasures Limited depot.
The union made the call after a fact-finding mission to the petroleum product bulk storage facility located in Apapa, Lagos. The depot was allegedly shut by the PTD following a protest by employees of Gulf Treasures, a member of Danco Group, against the imposition of leadership on the unit of the PTD at the depot.
President of the association, Samuel Eshieshi, said the students’ body was concerned about the conflict because over 500 of its members had benefitted from the scholarship scheme of Anamero Idofe Anamero Foundation, an organisation owned funded by Danco Group.
He warned that youths of Niger Delta would not sit back and watch the business built on almost three decades of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice being destroyed by few individuals who have no stake in its operations.
Eshieshi stated that the union was open to a peaceful resolution of the conflict, but warned that if its demands were not met, its members, scattered in the nine states that form the Niger Delta region, would be mobilised to the national headquarters of NUPENG to demand justice.
He listed the demands of the union as: “Immediate reopening of Gulf Treasures depot within 72 hours, dissolution of the illegally-constituted parallel executive committee set up by PTD zonal office and the inauguration of the duly-constituted executives by the depot drivers.”
Other conditions given were “the investigation of the unlawful activities of the executives by the zonal office and allowing the duly-elected executives to operate without external influence.”
The students’ leader wondered why businesses owned by individuals from Niger Delta would be singled out for persecution and harassment even though the region had contributed immensely to the development of the country.
He noted that other depot PTD units are managed by employees of the companies unlike the unit at Gulf Treasures facility, whose leadership is involved intrigues and high-level politicisation.
According to him, the economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic, which has rendered many people jobless, has made the decision of the PTD zonal office even “more insensitive and wicked. Danco Group has over 700 people on its payroll. All Danco filling stations nationwide are currently shut because they cannot get supply. This must not continue,” Eshieshi said.