The NNPC said onÂ Monday in Abuja that it was not responsible for the â€œartificialâ€ fuel queues in Lagos and Abuja. The corporationâ€™s spokesman, Dr Levi Ajuonuma, said in a statement that the long queues at the petrol stations since the weekend had nothing to do with the unavailability of the product at the depots.
It said the scarcity had its roots in a recent directiveÂ issued to Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) by the national leadership of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG). The statement stated that NUPENG ordered its members to stop bridging petroleum products to Suleja as well as stop product supply to Abuja to protest a long standing contractual issue between the management of MTEL and Petroleum Tanker Owners.
â€˜The tanker drivers and NUPENG are also demanding the repairs of access roads to the depots as a pre-condition to resuming loading of products.â€Â It said it had become necessary for the NNPC management to shed light on the â€œextraneous situationâ€ which had led to the emergence of fuel queues in some cities across the country.
â€œThe NNPC/PPMC fuel supply chain remains robust with enough products to last till the end of the year and beyond. The management of the NNPC wishes to call on all tanker drivers to return to their duty posts to save Nigerians from avoidable hardship,â€ the statement said.