NNPC, PENGASSAN disagrees on fuel scarcity


The Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has assured Nigerians that the three-day strike embarked upon by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) will not disrupt fuel supply nationwide, Guardian reports.
In a statement released by its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division yesterday, the NNPC said it was in discussion with the leadership of the unions who gave the assurance that they would not disrupt the fuel supply and distribution system as the strike was basically aimed at addressing the alleged anti-labour issues by some of the International Oil Companies (IOCs).
According to Vanguard, this assurance was coming after long queue of vehicles resurfaced at most filling stations Abuja and its environs on Monday on account of the strike announced by the union bodies.
But, the South-West Chapter Chairman of NUPENG, Mr. Tokunbo Korodo, told The Guardian yesterday that the strike would definitely affect distribution of fuel in the country.
“This is a lie, all our members are supposed to be on strike. We have told our members to stay off work. We are not allowing any truck to load from the depots and we have our members at the filling stations”.
Bloomberg reports that, any reduction in pumping would coincide with a collapse in the price of Nigeria’s biggest source of revenue.
Emmanuel Ojugbana, a spokesman for the PENGASSAN told Bloomberg on phone, “You will soon begin to see shutdowns of our oil flow”.
“The strike will not be suspended until there is strong commitment from the government and affected operators to resolve the issues,” Ojugbana said.

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