Monday 11 July 2016

Fuel scarcity imminent as depots may run dry

Most depots in Apapa, Lagos, will run out of fuel stock if the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria lingers beyond Wednesday, Punch reports.
Loading at Apapa depots, where many marketers get petroleum products to other states, has been reduced due to the absence of workers of the Petroleum Equalisation Fund Board.
The PEF personnel usually certify marketers’ trucks to enable them to get bridging funds for fuel being transported to distant parts of the country.

It was gathered that marketers were only loading to Lagos and other South-West states that required no payment of bridging fund by the PEF.

The Federal Government had said it would meet with the leadership of PENGASSAN today (Monday) in a bid to resolve the problem.
The leadership of PENGASSAN on Sunday boycotted the meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige and the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, complaining that the invitation to the meeting from government was impromptu according to Vanguard.

PENGASSAN also said the strike it embarked upon was still ongoing and that there was gradual shutdown of depots and refineries, adding that the three day Sallah break was responsible for the slow start of the strike.
- News 24

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