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Petrol Tanker Drivers protest closure of Bida-Minna road

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Stranded tanker drivers have barricaded the popular Minna junction in Bida, Niger State to protest the closure of the Bida-Minna road to heavy trucks to hasten is reconstruction by the state government.

According to the tanker drivers, they want the Niger State government to allow those caught up to pass to their various destinations.

In the meantime, Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD ordered members to halt distribution of petroleum products from Lagos to the northern part of the country from tomorrow (Thursday) till further notice.

In a statement by its National Chairman, Otunba Salimon Oladiti, explained that the action became necessary following the shut out of heavy trucks, including tankers, from using all the link roads in Minna, Niger State capital, by the state government from midnight September 15.

According to Oladiti, “we want to use this medium to inform the general public that from tomorrow (Thursday, September 17), our members will not be lifting products from Lagos to the northern part of the country because the Niger State government has shut out heavy-duty trucks, including tankers, from passing through the state.

“The only alternative road is not motorable. This is Bida- Agai- Lapai-Lambata Road. In fact, this road is a deathtrap.

Until the Federal Government makes the alternative road motorable, our members will not resume lifting of products to the northern part of the country. products from Lagos to the northern part of the country until further notice.” He said.

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