Fuel Scarcity Could Be Here Till End Of March – Nupeng
BEVERLY HILLS, March 11, (THEWILL) – The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) says the ongoing fuel scarcity in the country could linger till the end of March.
The South-West Chairman of the union, Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, made the disclosure in an interview in Lagos. Korodo said that from all indications, loading of petrol at both NNPC depots and private depots were very slow.
He added that if there was no improvement in loading the product by next week, the situation might be worse.
“The pace of loading of fuel at NNPC depots in Mosinmi and Ejigbo is very slow as most tankers drivers that wanted to load, left the depots with nothing,” he said.
“Even at private depots where they sell above the ex-depot price, the pace of loading is very slow.
“Presently, we need massive loading of petrol nationwide to get over the present scarcity.
“I am imploring the government to improve on supply of fuel to all depots nationwide so that our tanker drivers can get the product and transport it to filling stations,” he said.
Meanwhile, scarcity of petrol continued as queues of motorists persisted in few filling stations that were selling the product.
According to NAN, at the Mobil filling station in Orile, Lagos, motorists lamented having waited endlessly to buy petrol.
A welder, Mr Samuel Johnson, said that most filling stations were not selling inside jerry cans, adding that this had kept him out of job in the last two weeks.
THEWILL also visited Total Filling station, Chemist Bus –Stop, Bariga, and witnessed first-hand the cacophony involved in getting petroleum products with over 50 cars on queue and about 500 cans waiting to be filled.
Story by David Oputah