In an effort to ensure that the business of oil marketing and availability of petroleum is sustained, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has promised to rehabilitate some federal roads.
NNPC made this known in a press statement it issued on Saturday persuading the petroleum tanker drivers from embarking on nationwide strike it threatens.
The tanker drivers, an arm of the NUPENG, a trade union of oil workers, had issued notice of strike and stoppage of lifting of petroleum products nationwide to protest the terrible state of roads in Nigeria.
But NNPC is prevailing on them not to go on strike. It noted that although it hasn’t the mandate of building roads, but when petroleum products distribution is disrupted, its own business would suffer and the economy of the country would stall.
The Corporation promised the tanker drivers that it would intervene within its powers to ensure the roads get some facelift to make their work easier and safer.
One of the promised measures is the plan to get into an MoU with the federal government under the FG Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Task Credit Scheme to handle the construction of some collapsed major roads across the country.