Petroleum tanker drivers across the country are withdrawing their services from today, September 24, until the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) addresses their concerns over poor working conditions and welfare, which they say have been ignored for many months.
According to them, they are not being paid per diem and travel allowances which they are entitled to because the NPA gave them a different agreement from what pertains to their employers.
Chairman of the Ghana National Petroleum Tanker Drivers Union, George Teye Nyauno in an interview with Radio Ghana, explained that the NPA together with the Union and Transporters of fuel, signed the Petroleum Producers Transportation Delivery Retail and Loss Control manual which was formulated by the Energy Commission in 2004. However it is not being implemented.
The move is likely to plunge the energy sector into further crisis after the price of petrol reached almost GHC5 last week.
The NPA has been directed by the ministry to address the concerns of the tank drivers. However, the Chairman of the Ghana National Petroleum Tanker Drivers Union, George Teye Nyauno has said the directive is yet to be implemented.