Unions Vow To Expose Persons Sabotaging Fuel
Distribution In The Country
– Some unions in the petroleum sector say their focus is to end the current hardship experienced by Nigerians at filling stations
– NNPC blames the current petroleum scarcity in the country on marketers of the product
Displeased by the lingering fuel scarcity in parts of the country, the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) and allied unions under the aegis of Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) have promised to expose those sabotaging the smooth distribution of petroleum products in the country.
The groups made the resolve on Thursday, December 21, at a stakeholders meeting on the challenges of products supply and distribution led by the chairman, House of Representatives committee on petroleum resources downstream, Joseph Akinlaja, Premium Times reports.
The groups said their focus was to end the current hardship experienced by Nigerians at filling stations.
“We are transporters. We know how many litres of fuel we have been moving across the country every day. If anybody is found guilty of smuggling products out of the country or to any unauthorised locations within the country, even if they are our members, we would not only disown them, we will also expose them,” Kassim Bataiya, the NARTO National president said.
Similarly, PTD national chairman, Salimon Oladiti, faulted the activities of unpatriotic citizens who divert products outside the country thereby subjecting Nigerians to hardship.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has blamed the current petroleum scarcity in the country on marketers of the product.
The group managing director of the company, Maikanti Baru, in a statement by Ndu Ughamadu the NNPC spokesman on Thursday, December 21, also said part of the problem was the rumours about purported planned increase in the pump price of petrol.
He stated that some marketers, in their quest to cash in on the situation, suddenly started hoarding products, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He assured that the corporation had doubled its daily supply of petrol, from daily 700 trucks (about 27 million – 30 million) litres per day supply to 80 million litres since the current hiccup in the supply chain was noticed a few days back.