PENGASSAN strike: Fuel shortage may affect Lagos, others

Fuel scarcity may affectLagos and other states in the southwest this week if members of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) don’t resolve their ongoing strike with the federal government.

Already Abuja and other states in the north and southeast have started experiencing scarcity, The Nation investigation reveals.

An oil marketer, who begged for anonymity, said states that are far from the sea ports such as the far north and southeast states have started feeling impact of the strike.

According to the source, the far north and southeast states require refund of bridging cost, which is only approved by officials of the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF) who are part of the striking workers.

The source pointed out truck taken to Yola, Maiduguri or any far state in the north or southeast attracts a bridging cost of about N500,000, an amount no marketer can afford to lose.

He explained Lagos and other southwest states have not started feeling the strike because they don’t attract bridging costs owing to their closeness to the port.

But from Tuesday, if the strike is not called off, he said the stock at the retail outlets would be drastically depleted and there wouldn’t be enough fuel to go round.

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of NNPC, Mallam Garba-Deen Mohammad, said negotiation was ongoing between the government and the oil workers.

He added the Corporation’s management is doing its best to ensure a quick resolution of the issues.

Muhammad said the Corporation has in stock enough products to satisfy local consumption requirements for the next 45 days, urging the public not to embark on panic buying and hoarding.

The President of PENGASSAN, Comrade Francis Johnson, said its leadership will meet with the federal government tomorrow to discuss its grievances.

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