Petroleum Tanker Drivers blame NNPC for fuel scarcity

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The Petroleum Tankers Drivers, PTD, Branch of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has blamed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, for the fuel scarcity in some parts of the country.

Comrade Salimon Akanni Oladiti, the PTD National Chairman made the disclosure while speaking in an interview with reporters in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The Comrade denied allegations that the Oil marketers were hoarding fuel, “We are not conniving with anybody to make Nigerians suffer for fuel. For some time now, we have not been able to load at NNPC depot in Apata, Ibadan and there is no hope of loading in some other NNPC depots in the Southwest.

He allegedthat the government is responsible for the scarcity in some parts of the country.

“Government is responsible for this problem, because if they bring enough oil into the country, we as distributors we are ready to sell it out. It’s so sad that we are one of the largest producers of oil, but we are still suffering from scarcity,”

He explained further: “NNPC imports about 75 per cent of the oil we are consuming in the country. The remaining 25 percentage is for major marketers.

“What the government is trying to tackle still exists; corruption is still in the oil industry. There is corruption and bribery at the oil depots and you have to face this hurdle before you can load your truck.”

Pointing that the scarcity has to be dealt with by the government through the implementation of a lasting solution, he noted that the common man was being inconvenienced and hence suffering in the country. He further urged the government to embark on aggressive rehabilitation of roads and railway networks to ease the suffering.

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