Fuel Scarcity: NNPC says workers’ strike will not affect product supply

A petrol station used to illustrate the story
A petrol station used to illustrate the story

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has said that the three-day strike embarked upon by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, and the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, will not affect the distribution and sale of fuel to the public.

In a statement Monday, a spokesperson for the NNPC, Ohi Alegbe, said the corporation was in talks with the
leadership of the unions, who gave the assurance that they would not disrupt fuel supply and distribution system as the strike was basically aimed at addressing anti-labour issues by some of the International Oil Companies, IOCs.

The corporation and its downstream subsidiary, the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, PPMC, also revealed that it had over 32 days stock of petroleum products available for supply across the nation during the Christmas season and after.

Mr. Alegbe revealed that 17 additional petroleum-laden vessels were at the Lagos port waiting to discharge to the various depots for onward distribution to members of the public.

He assured that everything was being done to ensure that there was no hitch whatsoever in the supply system that could bring any form of hardship to Nigerians who intend to travel during the period.

He called on members of the public to avoid panic buying or stock piling of petroleum products as that could lead to needless queues or cause fire accidents that could lead to loss of lives and property.

He advised marketers to desist from hoarding or diversion of petroleum products as any marketer caught in the act would be sanctioned.

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