26 May 2015, Lagos – National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has said fuel scarcity will continue to be part of Nigeria’s socio-economic realities as long as the country’s refineries are grounded, importation of petroleum products continues, subsidy persists, deregulation ignored and depot not rehabilitated.
This much was said by National President of NUPENG, Mr. Igwe Achese, at a briefing in Lagos.
Achese also blamed the current scarcity that had crippled economic activities nationwide on Lagos State government, who he said gave tanker drivers 24 hours, instead of the two weeks they asked for, to leave Oshodin-Apapa Expressway.
He said: “We are not on strike. It was just a withdrawal of services. I directed that the trucks stay away to avoid violence.
“Even when the tankers were out of the roads, trailers took over which means it is not our problem.
“We work and pay our taxes in Lagos. It is unfortunate that they do not consider it good enough to create a corridor for us just as they did for Bus Rapid Transport, BRT.
“As long as government refuses to do the needful, fuel scarcity will continue to be part of this country.
“To stop it, our refineries must be put in order, railways working, the downstream sector deregulated, subsidy removed and depot rehabilitated.”