- Lagosians might face fuel scarcity from Monday, August 10
- This is as NUPENG has ordered all taker drivers to go on strike beginning from the said date
- NUPENG said that the state government has failed to meet its demands and appeals
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There is a strong possibility that Lagosians will have to deal with the terrible issue of fuel scarcity as the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has fixed a date for indefinite strike in the state.
According to NUPENG, the decision was informed by the failure of the state government and other relevant bodies to address some rather disturbing issues that have been on for quite a while, PM News reports.
NUPENG's national president, Williams Akporeha, alongside its general secretary, Olawale Afolabi, on Friday, August 7, said that one of the frustrating issues is the congestion at the Apapa area of the state which is yet to be dealt with.
Akporeha and Afolabi said that based on this and other reasons, the association has directed all fuel tanker drivers and stakeholders in the state to withdraw their services beginning from Monday, August 10.
Speaking on the resolve, the leadership of NUPENG lamented: “...here that we had made several appeals and reports to the Lagos State Government and the Presidential Task Force for the decongestion of Apapa on these challenges but all to no avail.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that amid the harsh economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic felt strongly by many Nigerians, there were indications that they might have to pay more for petroleum products very soon.
This was as the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) had approved the increase of petrol price per litre from N132 to N138.
This decision by PPPRA was confirmed on Tuesday, August 4, by the national vice president of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Abubakar Maigandi.
A PPPRA source who attended the meeting where prices were reviewed disclosed that the agency was yet to decide on a new pump price.
Another source said that so far, the federal government had remained mute concerning the dealer prices which range from N145. 68 to N150 per litre.
The source said being that the product had been deregulated, the government was careful not to be seen as interfering with it.
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