President of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Mr. William Akporeha, has confirmed a directive to its members to be present at their loading bays, and ensure adequate and unhindered fuel distribution nationwide.

Akporeha said this was part of the agreement reached after a crucial meeting between the union and downstream sector stakeholders

He informed that members involved in the distribution of petroleum products have been warned to shun any form of complicity that would further exacerbate the current problem.

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“Arising from a stakeholder meeting on downstream of the petroleum sector of the oil and gas industry, the leadership of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers has decided to once again direct all its members involved in direct distribution chain and who are petroleum tankers drivers, deport workers and petrol station workers to shun any form of illegal and sharp malpractices that will cause or compound the present fuel scarcity across the country.

“All members are also directed to make themselves available at their various loading and distribution units round the clock to ensure adequate and unhindered distribution of the petroleum products across the nook and crannies of the country.”

The current moves by NUPENG may not be unconnected with a recent threat by the Department of Security Service [DSS] to arrest union officials or members who are clogging the distribution process of petroleum products.

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Nigeria, is the world’s 6th oil producer but is dependent on importation of petroleum products, which has always made the country suffered shortages of supply due to fluctuating and scarcity of foreign exchange.

The development has in recent times thrown motorists and households into confusion as petrol, diesel and kerosene disappeared from filling stations.

The NUPENG president reiterated that the solution to end the perennial fuel crisis would be for the country to reactivate all its refineries to checkmate the incidence of fuel importation.

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