By Adedapo Adesanya The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) says its Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) unit will commence strike action on Monday over the deplorable state of the nation\u2019s highways and other issues. According to Mr Tayo Aboyeji, the South-West Zonal Chairman of NUPENG, the union has lost many lives and properties due to bad roads, adding that all tanker drivers will withdraw their services nationwide. \u201cThis is not the first time that we will signify our intention to go on strike but we have to call it off because it will generally affect the majority of Nigerians but now our hands are tied. \u201cWe are going on nationwide strike because of the deplorable and shameful state of our highways. \u201cWhen a truck loads petrol in Lagos, the drivers spend five to six days to get to Abuja because of the shameful state of the roads. \u201cAll calls by the executive of petroleum unions have fallen on the deaf ears of the government as the highways continue to deteriorate nationwide. \u201cThe list of the highways are endless and the tanker drivers have been going through harrowing situations while rendering selfless national service. \u201cThe increased rate of fire incidences involving petroleum tankers with accompanying massive destruction of lives and properties of our members and the general public is enough. \u201cThis is because of government failure to enforce installation of safety gadgets on tankers. \u201cThis will protect the inflammation contents of their trucks from spilling over in a situation of road accidents. \u201cWe see the failure of the government in this regard as height of insensitivity to lives of innocent Nigerians and union cannot continue to hold its hands while our members are getting burnt everywhere and every day,\u201d he said in Lagos. The zonal chairman further said the union was not happy with the unscrupulous abuse of tonnage. \u201cThere are some trucks that carry 60,000 litres to 100,000 litres on the highway. \u201cThis load has a negative effect and impact on the safety and control of drivers on the wheel as well as durability and sustainability of the highway. \u201cThe unions do not want any truck to carry more than the approved capacity,\u201d he said. Mr Aboyeji said the union had given notice to the government to put all these in order to avert the nationwide strike on Monday. \u201cWe know that the present administration would not do anything until we start the nationwide strike,\u201d he said.