Drivers, Artisans Protest against Fuel Marketers’ Strike in Ekiti
By Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
Twenty-four hours after some filling stations were vandalised by some angry youths in Ado Ekiti, the capital of Ekiti State, over the lingering strike embarked upon by oil marketers, an amalgamation of transport unions on Wednesday
trooped to the streets, accusing the oil marketers of being allegedly propelled by the opposition.
In the same vein, the unions issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the seemingly uncompromising oil dealers to return to work or face the wrath of Ekiti populace, whom they said were badly affected by the halt in fuel supply to the state.
Fuel marketers in the state had since Monday last week closed shop in compliance with the directives of the leadership of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petrol Tanker Drivers (PTD), which ordered their members in the state to stop bringing the product to the state.
The marketers embarked on the indefinite strike over what they described as open victimisation of members by Governor Ayodele Fayose.
The drivers and artisans, who marched from Fajuyi area via Ojumose to the old garage, claimed that they were the worst hit by the fuel stations’ closure, appealing to the recalcitrant oil marketers to refrain from being used by the opposition against Governor Fayose.
More to follow…