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Fuel scarcity looms

By Victor Ahiuma-Young
THERE are strong indications that another fuel scarcity is imminent across the country as members of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) have threatened to shut products supply across the country to protest alleged refusal by the managements of Mobile Telecommunications (MTEL) and  Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) to pay close to N2 billion debt to their employers especially B. B. KING OIL (W.A.) LTD .

In a petition to the Director-General of BPE and the Managing Director of MTEL, Oil and Gas Supplies (OGS) branch of NUPENG, lamented that Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) member have been not been paid their salaries for months because of the debt.

The petition signed by the General Secretary of NUPENG, Comrade Elijah Okougbo, and relevant agencies and organisations, the union recalled that members had to suspend an earlier strike over the matter because of the intervention of well meaning Nigerians including the Director-General of State Security Service (SSS).

The petition read in part: “We plead that you always bear in mind that our action was brought on as a result of the hardships that the staff of B.B. KING OIL (W.A.) LTD particularly the petroleum tanker drivers of the company have been undergoing from the non-payment of their salaries and their incessant appeals for redress.


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