Connect with us


Fuel queues hit Abuja, Nasarawa, Niger over NUPENG’s strike threat



Queues by motorists for Premium Motor Spirit, popularly called petrol, surfaced in parts of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nasarawa and Niger states on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers threatened to embark on strike.

NUPENG had given the Federal Government a two-week strike notice, raising the possibility of fuel scarcity across the country in the coming weeks.

NUPENG members basically control the downstream arm of the oil sector and an industrial action by the union would ground the supply and distribution of petrol nationwide.

Citing the need to attend to oil workers’ welfare, NUPENG said it would begin the proposed strike at the expiration of the notice.

But oil marketers explained on Tuesday that the threat by NUPENG triggered the rush for petrol despite the fact that the two weeks ultimatum given by the union was over one week away.

“The downstream oil sector responds to shocks swiftly and any shift or threat to products’ supply could trigger queues at filling stations by motorists,” the National Public Relations Officer, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Chief Ukadike Chinedu, told our correspondent.

Although some petrol stations in the affected areas in Abuja, Nasarawa and Niger states were shut, the ones that dispensed petrol on Tuesday were greeted with queues.

This was despite assurances by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited that it had enough supply to last all through the festive period and beyond.

Motorists formed long queues at the Major Oil filling station along airport road when driving from the Life Camp area of Abuja on Tuesday afternoon.

Also, our correspondent observed the long queues at the Shema filling station in Nyanya, Nasarawa State, while the same situation played out at another NNPC outlet in Zuba, Niger State on Tuesday afternoon.

The NNPC retail outlet on Arab Road in Kubwa also recorded queues, as motorists and other petrol seekers thronged the filling station in search for the commodity.

Officials of the NNPC insisted that the company had enough stock and described the queues as panic buying by motorists.

The oil firm had repeatedly urged the general public not to engage in panic buying of PMS, as it announced last week that NNPC had over 1.7 billion litres of petrol in stock and that more product was expected to arrive into the country daily over the coming weeks and months.

“It is therefore unnecessary to entertain any fear of scarcity of petrol throughout the festive season and beyond,” the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Garba-Deen Muhammad, had stated.

When asked what was being done to stop the strike, the spokesman, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, said he could not confirm whether the union had formally informed the ministry about their planned action.

He stated, “If they don’t bring the issues to the ministry we cannot respond. As long as we don’t have document (on the strike threat), we cannot respond to the issue. If they bring the document to the ministry, we shall surely conciliate. I cannot confirm if they have brought the issue to the ministry, my boss has not told me about it, so I cannot confirm it.”

Copyright PUNCH.

All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH.

Contact: [email protected]

Relationship1 min ago

How To Tell Someone You Like Them Over Text (21 No-Frills Ways)

Viral3 mins ago

Watch campaign speech of the Osogbo schoolboy who won election after his opponent’s speech went viral

World5 mins ago

France: Muslims barrage black Zemmour activist with racist messages, ‘Wallah, we’re going to behead you’

Sports9 mins ago

Barcelona Will Not Play In The Knockout Rounds Of The Champions League For The First Time In 18 Years After A 3-0 Loss To Bayern Munich

News11 mins ago

Truck accident: LASTMA denies involvement in Lagos students’ death

News33 mins ago

Switzerland, ANEEJ sign $50,000 contract to monitor Abacha loot spending

Local35 mins ago

I can’t handle evil confronting Nigeria alone: Buhari

Politics53 mins ago

Automate issuance of passport, national identity card overseas, Reps tell FG

News57 mins ago

Pictorial: Three victims of auto crash while returning from Jos wedding buried in Bauchi

Local57 mins ago

Price rally spurs growth at stock market

Politics1 hour ago

Buhari did not order AEDC management sack – Presidency

World1 hour ago

Germany: Muslims pray in courtyard entrance, beat man who asked them to let his car through

Politics1 hour ago

Buhari congratulates new German Chancellor, Scholz 

Sports1 hour ago

Atalanta’s Final Champions League Group Match Against Villarreal Was Postponed On Wednesday Because Of Heavy Snow

News1 hour ago

EFCC declares forex firm boss Maxwell Odum wanted over N213bn fraud

News1 hour ago

EFCC declares forex firm boss Maxwell Odum wanted over N213bn fraud

Local1 hour ago

FCT-IRS rakes in N118 billion, targets more in 2022: Official

Politics1 hour ago

Rep Bamishile denies accompanying ex-SSG, Oyebanji to obtain governorship forms

Politics2 hours ago

Zamfara APC crisis: Yari’s faction slams Senator Yarima

Sports2 hours ago

Juventus Will Enter Monday’s Champions League Last-16 Draw As Winners Of Group H After Chelsea Missed Out On Top Spot

News7 hours ago

2023: Group cautions against fresh plots to defame Osinbajo

Entertainment15 hours ago

Man who was caught in broad daylight stealing, given soft drink and asked to dance to avoid any punishment (video)

Politics11 hours ago

3800 civil servants to write promotional exams in Bauchi

Business News7 hours ago

EFCC Declares MBA Forex Owner Wanted Over N231bn

Viral18 hours ago

May God Help This Generation: See What This Married Woman Was Caught Doing In Public (Photos)

News13 hours ago

Man commits suicide after losing company N150,000 bet

Entertainment11 hours ago

“She had plastic surgery without informing him, she was seeing another man” – Ned Nwoko’s media team spills ‘truth’ about his separation with Moroccan wife, Laila

Sports11 hours ago

Rio Ferdinand And Michael Owen Have Agreed That Mohamed Salah Was An Average Finisher When At Chelsea

News15 hours ago

Pinnick to represent Infantino at special event in Ukraine

News10 hours ago

1m doses of COVID vaccine expires in Nigeria – Reuters

Politics3 hours ago

Dowen College parents mourn, demand justice over death of Sylvester

Entertainment12 hours ago

#JusticeForSylvester: Nigerian women stage protest in front of Dowen College (photos)

Politics11 hours ago

Oyo NIPR holds 2021 dinner, honours Tribune, Ayefele, Onireti, others

News10 hours ago

80 Nigerians to graduate from Business School Netherlands

Business News10 hours ago

FG to Inject N381trn into Economy to Create Job, Tackle Poverty

Entertainment10 hours ago

“I have tested positive for COVID-19” – BBNaija star, Maria reveals, says she’s in quarantine in Ghana

Business News12 hours ago

Succession and Obligation of Leadership

World6 hours ago

Pope Francis on Lesbos: Europe ‘torn by nationalist egoism,’ neglect of migrants is ‘shipwreck of civilization’

Entertainment10 hours ago

Instagram comedian, Lord Lamba gifts his mum a brand new car (video)

News10 hours ago

Ned Nwoko explains separation from Moroccan wife, dispels ‘Kayamata’ rumours