In spite of the ordeal Nigerians recently went through, Igwe Achese, president, National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), has said that fuel scarcity will continue to be a part of Nigeria’s socio-economic realities as long as the country’s refineries are grounded, importation of petroleum products continues, subsidy persists, deregulation ignored and fuel depots are not rehabilitated.
Achese also partly blamed the current scarcity that recently crippled economic activities nationwide on the Lagos State government, which he said gave tanker drivers 24 hours, instead of the two weeks they asked for, to leave the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway.
“We are not on strike. It was just a withdrawal of services. I directed that the trucks stay away to avoid violence. Even when the tankers were out of the roads, trailers took over which means it is not our problem. We work and pay our taxes in Lagos.
“It is unfortunate that they do not consider it good enough to create a corridor for us just as they did for BRT. As long as government refuses to do the needful, fuel scarcity will continue to be part of this country. To stop it, our refineries must be put in order, railways working, the downstream sector deregulated, subsidy removed and depot rehabilitated,” he said.

Folashade Olubayo
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