- Fuel tankers have been asked to stop movement of petrol to the north
- This is as a result of a the policy of the Niger state government
- According to the drivers' association, the state stopped heavy-duty trucks including tankers from passing through the territory
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Following a new policy from Niger state government, Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) ordered their members to immediately stop the movement of petroleum products from Lagos to the northern part of the country.
This order, according to PTD, will be till further notice.
“Starting from tomorrow (Thursday, September 17), our members will not be lifting products from Lagos to the northern part of the country because the Niger State government has shut out heavy duty trucks including tankers from passing through the state.”
This was disclosed in a statement by the association's national chairman, Salimon Oladiti.
According to him, Niger state shut out heavy trucks, including tankers from using all the link roads in Minna, the Niger state capital.
He said the only alternative road is not motorable. “This is Bida-Agai-Lapai-Lambata road. In fact, this road is a death trap," he noted.
The chairman disclosed that they got wind of the Niger state government's plan some weeks ago and they reached out to the minister of works through one of his aides who assured that the ministry would work on the road.
"Unfortunately, over two weeks after our discussion, nothing has been down on the roads," he said.
“As leaders, we have to do the needful and protect the lives of our members from avoidable accident and attacks from hoodlums. So, starting from tomorrow September 17, 2020, our members will not be lifting products from Lagos to the northern part of the country. Until the federal government makes the alternative road motorable, our members will not resume lifting of products to the northern part of the country,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Sarki Auwalu, director, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), stated that the federal government is committed to ensuring that the majority of vehicles in Nigeria are fueled by autogas in the next few years.
Auwalu made this disclosure on Wednesday, September 16, in Lagos during the oversight visit of the House of Representatives committee on petroleum resources (upstream) to the DPR headquarters.
He noted that gas was a cheaper and cleaner alternative to Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol.
Still on the issue of petrol, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) gave President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration an ultimatum to reverse the increment in the pump price or face mass protests by the students.
The vice president of NANS, Ojo Raymond, said that Nigerian students totally rejected the increment of the pump price of petrol which was described as a harsh and anti-people policy.
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