Fuel Scarcity Set To Return, Worsen As PENGASSAN Commence Strike Today

Fuel Scarcity Set To Return, Worsen As PENGASSAN Commence Strike Today

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, expected strike which is slated to commence today, Monday, has led to the return of queues to filling stations in Lagos on Sunday while the scarcity worsened in Abuja, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger states as many filling stations were shut.

It was gathered that several fillings stations that dispensed petrol last week refused to sell the commodity on Sunday, as some of their managers stated that they were obeying the directives of PENGASSAN.

The Public Relations Officer, PENGASSAN, Fortune Obi, reacted to the group directing filling stations to stop selling fuel. He said “More of such will happen because there is a directive to members to shut down operations and some of them have already started, which is why some outlets are not dispensing.”

PENGASSAN on the other hand have said they held a meeting with Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, late on Sunday and are optimistic a favourable resolve would be reached.

PENGASSAN had announced last week that it would embark on an indefinite strike from today (Monday) following a stalemate in the peace meeting, which the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, brokered between the union and Neconde Energy Limited.

The oil union and Neconde Energy Services, had been embroiled in a crisis over allegation of anti-worker practices by the firm.

Author: Yemi Olarinre