Fuel Scarcity Looms As Tanker Drivers Plan Strike Over Poor Roads, Safety

There may be looming fuel scarcity as the national executive council of Petroleum Tankers Drivers (PTD)’s branch of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has directed for a nationwide strike as it blamed the federal government over the poor state of highways and other safety issues.

This was contained in a communique issued on Monday after a meeting held on Saturday in Enugu, signed by the PTD chairman, Comrade Salmon Akanni Oladiti, and the Secretary, Sunday Ochibe Jivwie.

The union said, after deliberating on these important safety issues, the Council resolved to resume the suspended action on 1st May 2021.

“Consequently, all petroleum tanker drivers are directed to immediately embark on work to rule action with effect from 27th September 2021, in preparation for total withdrawal of their services from 8th October 2021 if the federal government fails to address these three safety concerns,” it said.

It justified the planned strike action, saying its members are usually the first casualties in all these areas of government’s failures with regard to the safety of lives and property of Nigerians.

If the strike holds, there may be petroleum scarcity as the drivers would not be lifting products from the various depots and other storage facilities belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), a government-owned agency.

The first issue the union raised was about the deplorable and unmanageable state of roads.

“These highways have turned to death traps and dens of truck hijackers for the PTD.

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2023: Rotational Presidency Not Constitutional, Northern Governors Reply Southern Colleagues 

The governors of the 19 Northern states have rejected the position of their Southern colleagues that the 2023 presidency should be zoned to the Southern part of the country, arguing that the presidency is a democratic office and not a rotational position.

The Southern governors had in a meeting in July in Lagos State demanded that power must shift to their region.

However, arising from an emergency meeting with Northern traditional rulers at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna, on Monday, the Northern Governors Forum said the region could not be compelled to give up a democratically elected office that could be sought by any person irrespective of where he comes from.

The forum added that though some Northern governors had earlier expressed views for a power-shift to three geo-political zones in the South, with a view to promoting unity and peace in the nation, the statement by the Southern Governors Forum that the Presidency must go to the South is unacceptable.

Reading from the resolutions of the meeting, Plateau State Governor and Chairman of the Forum, Simon Bako Lalong said, “The statement is quite contradictory with the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended that the elected President shall secure at least 25 percent of the votes cast in 2/3 states of the federation. In the case of run-up simple majority win the election.”

He noted that the collection of Value Added Tax, VAT, and the surrounding controversies were among the key issues discussed.

“While getting update essentially on the progress made so far from the previous meeting held in February, we shall take stock of how far we have gone in tackling banditry, kidnapping and insurgency, and chart a way forward,” he said.

The governor recalled that in February, the forum considered a wide range of issues concerning the well-being of its people.

Speaking at the forum, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, Chairman of the Northern Council of Traditional Rulers, decried the lack of implementation of policies after resolutions had been reached in various meetings.

Source – Sahara Reporters


Popular singer flashes boobs on stage [PHOTOS/VIDEO]

Ghanaian musical artist, Yaa Jackson has raised some eyebrows with her dressing to a concert over the weekend.

In a video sighted by this newspaper, the 20-year-old was singing her hit song “3shw3 papa nie” and while dancing, her daring top slightly moved, thereby exposing her boobs.

Jackson was performing in Tema during a concert.

The performer is a popular figure in the Ghanaian entertainment industry. She is also a model.

Her father, Jackson Bentum is a known producer and director, while her elder brother, Reagan Jackson, is also into acting.

As an actress, Yaa Jackson has worked with the likes of Emelia Brobbey, Vivian Jill, Bill Asamoah, Kwaku Manu, Benedicta Gafah, Lil Win a.k.a Kwadwo Nkansah and Maame Serwaa.

Source – Politics Nigeria