Long Queues Sighted As Fuel Strike Hits Abuja, Benue, Kwara & Plateau

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The nationwide strike by oil workers led to long fuel queues in the Federal Capital Territory AbujaBenue, Kwara and Plateau states as hundreds of motorists besieged the few filing stations that sold petrol on Monday according to Punch.

In Lagos, the situation was normal until the evening when queues began to emerge in many stations in the city.

But the development slowed down commercial activities in the Federal Capital Territory where many commuters were stranded for hours at various bus stops.

Meanwhile, the NNPC has assured the public that the strike would not dislocate the distribution and sale of fuel to members of the public.

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Mr.Ohi Alegbe,  said the NNPC was in talks with the leadership of the unions which gave the assurance that they would not disrupt the fuel supply and distribution system as the strike was basically aimed at addressing the anti-labour issues by some of the international oil companies.

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

It said 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.

It further 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 motorists and those who intend to travel during the period.

The oil and gas workers are protesting the failure of the Federal Government to carry out turnaround maintenance of the nation’s four refineries, the non-reduction of   pump price of petrol in line with the slump in global prices of crude oil and the delayed passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill.

They had vowed that the strike would continue until the government addressed their grievances, which also included the   non-implementation of the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act.

 

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