By Peter Duru
Makurdi â€” National Chairman of the Petroleum Tankers Drivers (PTD), Branch of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Comrade Timothy Ogbu, has pledged the commitment of the union to work in collaboration with government agencies to stem the tide of pipeline vandalism in the country.
Ogbu who decried the rate of petroleum pipeline vandalism in the country urged PTD-NUPENG members to wake up to the challenge in order to ensure that the brains behind the economic sabotage are brought to book.
The PTD-NUPENG Chairman who spoke at Branch Quarterly Meeting in Makurdi, weekend, lamented that incidents of pipeline vandalism had left the nation losing substantial part of its revenue to criminally minded persons.
He stressed that the evils of product adulteration and vandalism had made it more imperative for members to fight the menace in order to save the nationâ€™s economy from its dire consequences.
He said: â€œWe must continue to fight vandalism and adulteration for the safety of our vehicles. Let us also shun all vices capable of tarnishing the image of the union.â€
Ogbu who reiterated the commitment of members of PTD-NUPENG to the sustenance of the nationâ€™s economy through the effective distribution of petroleum products in the country,saying: â€œAs life wire of our nationâ€™s economy, it behooves on us all to ensure that we stick to the rules of the industry because the nation aspects nothing less.â€
He also urged the federal and state governments to as a matter of priority address the issue of dilapidated roads in the country, lamenting that the union has lost several of its members to road accidents.