Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Relief as marketers, NUPENG begin distribution of petrol

Finally there will be a respite from the ongoing fuel scarcity as Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) monday resumed loading of petrol to various parts of the country, exactly after one week after suspending activities in protest over unpaid subsidy claims.
The Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) section of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers  (NUPENG), which also withdrew tankers from the roads on May 18 in solidarity with the marketers have also resumed trucking of products to fuel stations nationwide.             
It is expected that the independent marketers and other depot owners would follow suit.
The decision to resume loading by oil marketers followed a meeting convened monday by the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Upstream and Downstream) to resolve the fuel crisis, which had crippled economic activities nationwide and forced several banks yesterday to reduce their opening hours to the general public.
Although THISDAY could not reach the Chairman of MOMAN, Mr. Obafemi Olawore, one of the marketers confirmed that Oando, Conoil, Forte Oil, MRS, Total and Mobil Oil agreed to commence loading at their various depots.
“The strike was suspended because negotiations, which started in the morning, yielded fruit. We are making progress in the talks with government. So PTD has passed instruction to the drivers to resume loading,” he said.

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