Petroleum tanker drivers have made good their threat to down tools.

The strike has paralysed loading activities at private and government run depots. Monday is the first day of the nationwide strike which the tanker drivers embarked upon to press home their demands for improved welfare.

Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who monitored the strike in Lagos observed that all tank farms in Apapa were empty, without the usual loading of products associated with the depots.

The correspondent visited the depots in Apapa including: Total Oil and Gas, Capital Oil and Gas, NIPCO Oil and Gas, Aiteo Oil and Gas, Sahara Oil and Gas, Conoil, as well as Mobil Oil and Gas.

The drivers were seen in groups discussing, while others were leaving the depots for unknown destinations.

The Head of Corporate Communications at NIPCO, 
Taofeek Lawal, says that all depots in Apapa are empty as a result of the strike.

He appealed to the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), PTD, NNPC representatives and other stakeholders to step in and find a lasting solution.

Meanwhile, the South-West Chairman of NUPENG, Tokunbo Korodo says the Federal Government’s representatives are meeting with NARTO and NUPENG officials to resolve the matter.

Korodo said that the outcome of the meeting would decide if the strike would continue or not.