Written by Godfrey AKON
PENGASSAN strike: NNPC allays fears of fuel scarcity
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has dismissed speculations of possible scarcity of fuel as a result of the ongoing strike by Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association, PENGASSAN.
The corporation, in a statement by its Spokesman, Dr Kennie Obateru, urged Nigerians not to engage in panic buying of petroleum products as there is enough to cater for the Yuletide.
PENGASSAN had embarked on strike on Sunday November 8, 2020 over disagreement with the Federal Government on implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS.
Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, was quoted in the statement as saying the industrial action embarked upon by PENGASSAN would not lead to scarcity of petroleum products.
Kyari said all fuel stations and petrol depots in the country have enough stock of products to service consumers and are open for business.
While expressing hope that the industrial dispute would be settled amicably, he assured that the corporation has thus far emplaced a stock of over 2.9 billion litres of petrol to guarantee seamless movement of people, goods and services across the country in the forthcoming Christmas season and beyond.
He reiterated NNPC's determination to make the 2020 end-of-year festivities a zero fuel queue period just like the preceding year, noting that critical stockholders in the petroleum products supply and distribution chain such as tanker drivers, depot owners and road transport owners have been mobilized to ensure a hitch-free season.