Fuel queues: Abuja residents call for DPR’s intervention

Fuel-Scarcity20 September 2014, Abuja – Some residents of Abuja on Saturday appealed to the Department of Petroleum Resources to monitor the distribution of fuel in the metropolis.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that many filling stations had long queues on Saturday.

A housewife, Mrs Linda Candy, said she had been on the queue for more than six hours with no hope that she would access the product.

Candy, who said that she came out to buy fuel in preparation for resumption of schools on Monday, appealed to the DPR to intervene.

Duru Chibuzor, a journalist who had been at the filing station since Friday, told NAN that many residents were tired of staying on the queue without an assurance of getting fuel.

He stated that the earlier a solution was found to fuel scarcity in the country, the better for ordinary Nigerians.

Mrs Ada Oji, an entrepreneur who had already spent five hours on the queue, pleaded with DPR to help in checking the hoarding of the product.

Another resident, Chibuzor Okoronkwo, advised government to intervene, saying the queues were injurious to the health of motorists.

NAN reports that oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and National Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria and National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers had on Friday suspended their strike.

The resolution was made after their meeting with Petroleum Minister, Mrs Alison-Madueke, in Abuja.

The two unions had downed tools over the management of their pensions.

The unions had also demanded that the Federal Government take concrete action on the Turn-Around Maintenance of Nigeria’s four refineries.

Other demands of the unions were the need for increased allocation of crude oil for local refining to help reduce the growing reliance on importation of petroleum products for domestic consumption.



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