So, petroleum tanker drivers had been rumoured to be threatening to embark on strike, but the association has on Friday in Abuja denied the allegation.

A strike by tanker drivers is what no Nigerian wants because it only means one thing – fuel crisis.

But a statement by the PTD Chairman, Salimon Oladiti, has allayed all fears. He described the rumour as “mischievous and unfounded”.

“The news circulating in the social media that the PTD Branch of NUPENG issued a three-day ultimatum to the Federal Government of Nigeria is false,” the statement said.

The group said it “strongly denies this information which is false, unfounded and a calculated attempt to cause mischief and panic in the country.”

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“As a matter of fact, the leadership of the branch met with the Minister of Works, Power and Housing on Thursday, February 1 where comprehensive reports of all the ongoing repairs and reconstructions of damaged highways were discussed and deliberated upon.

“Further assurances of immediate palliative works on those that are in very terrible state presently were given,” the statement noted.

The statement further added: “We are not unaware that our highways have suffered long years of neglect by successive governments and therefore appreciate the current efforts of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

“We assure all our members that we shall not relent in ensuring that their interests and well-being receive adequate attentions and considerations at all time,” Oladiti’s statement said.

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