- The lingering fuel crisis in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the north has gotten the attention of a major stakeholder in the oil and gas industry
- The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG) is concerned about the lingering fuel scarcity in the region
- They however offered to be of assistance to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)
Amidst the scarcity of petroleum products, particularly Premium Motor Spirit popularly called fuel in the FCT and some states in the northern region, NUPENG has called on the management of the NNPC not to relent in its efforts to ease the suffering of vehicle owners at retail outlets.
The national chairman of the Petroleum and Tanker Drivers’ (PTD) branch of NUPENG, Comrade Salmon Oladiti, made the appeal on Tuesday, December 12, in Abuja.
The federal government had directed the minister of state for petroleum resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, to put an end to the fuel shortage last week, but the scarcity seems to be biting hard in Abuja and environs.
Dr Kachikwu at a separate briefing said his ministry had instructed the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to ensure monitoring of supply and distribution of the products.
The scarcity has since eased substantially in Lagos state and its environs, but long queues at retail outlets persist in the FCT and states in the north.
Comrade Oladiti however said his men were ready to assist the NNNPC to ensure speedy movement of petroleum products from the depots to retail outlets to end the sufferings of Nigerians at the receiving end of the present shortfall in supply.
He further noted that there has been an improvement in the supply chain from the depots.
His words: “Now that petrol is gradually available, we are ready to lift and ensure its availability. We don’t want Nigerians to go back to the era of artificial scarcity. We are ready to make sacrifices to ensure that lifting at the depots by our members improve.”
Oladiti said his members are willing to make sacrifices during the festive period to complement the NNPC management resolve of 24 hours loading and distribution at the depots till the situation normalizes.
The NUPENG boss however appealed to the federal government to implement to the letter its comprehensive project of revitalization of the refineries and depots across the country.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress has condemned the avoidable pain and suffering caused Nigerians as a result of the ongoing fuel scarcity in Lagos, Abuja and other parts of the country.
The group made its position public in a statement released by its president, Ayubba Wabba, on Saturday, December 9, in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Wabba stated that there was no justifiable reason for the present fuel shortage, and described it as an act of cruelty and sabotage designed to benefit a few privileged persons.
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