Petrol scarcity looms in Nigeria as NARTO begins warning strike

Petrol scarcity looms in Nigeria as NARTO begins warning strike

- The Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) has announced plans to proceed on a warning strike

- The association said it was shocked by the government’s decision to ban petroleum trucks above 45,000 litres capacity from plying the roads

- NARTO explained that the association would proceed on a warning strike from Tuesday, September 22, as a result of the ban

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Nigeria could be hit by another imminent fuel scarcity as the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) on Monday, September 21, announced a warning strike starting from Tuesday, September 22.

NARTO an umbrella organisation of commercial vehicles owners, engaged in the haulage of petroleum products, is giving the federal government time to reverse its decision to ban petroleum trucks above 45,000 litres capacity from plying the roads.

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If the government fails to meet its demands, the association would proceed on a warning strike and issue a 10-day ultimatum on Thursday, September 24, and then an indefinite strike.

Alhaji Yusuf Lawal Othman, the NARTO national president, speaking to reporters in Abuja, said the association was shocked by the recent decision of the federal government.

Petrol scarcity looms in Nigeria as NARTO begins warning strike

Petrol scarcity looms in Nigeria as NARTO announces plans to embark on a warning strike. Photo credit: The Guardian
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Othman went on to describe the ban as highly insensitive. He added that it is unappreciative of the efforts and contributions of NARTO members as businessmen and investors in the very critical and sensitive distribution and supply chains of petroleum products across the country.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that following a new policy from Niger state government, Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) ordered their members to 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. This was disclosed in a statement by the association's national chairman, Salimon Oladiti.

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According to him, Niger state shut out heavy trucks, including tankers from using all the link roads in Minna, the Niger state capital.

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He said the only alternative road is not motorable. The chairman disclosed that they got wind of the Niger state government's plan and they reached out to the minister of works through one of his aides who assured that the ministry would work on the road.

In a related development, the federal government has been issued a two-week ultimatum by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to reverse the recent increase in the pump price of petrol and electricity tariff.

The union noted that this was the outcome of the Central Working Committee meeting which held for several hours in Abuja.

The NLC in a communiqué read by its president, Ayuba Wabba said the 2-weeks ultimatum took effect immediately. NLC also warned that at the end of its expiration on Monday, September 28, it would mobilize its members nationwide for civil unrest.

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