NUPENG says the situation is temporary

The Secretary of the Lagos State chapter of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, Adebayo Atanda, on Monday, described the fuel scarcity experienced in the state as a temporary situation.

Filling stations, especially those owned by independent marketers, reportedly failed to get fuel supply over the weekend, fuelling fears of an impending fuel scarcity.

The shut down of Arepo distribution lines in Ogun State was, however, said to be responsible for the scarcity.

As at the time of filing this report, Total was the only station still selling Premium Motor Spirit, as a cross section of fuel stations in the state had either run out of stock or hardly had enough to last a day.

An official at a Mobil filling station along Lagos-Ikorodu Road, who requested anonymity, said the station only took delivery of kerosene over the weekend.

“We have just finished selling for the morning session. But right now, we will not have fuel to sell after tomorrow if the tanker drivers do not lift,” he said.

“We have not been supplied fuel since Friday and our fuel just finished now. We were told there is no supply to Lagos because the Federal Government is owing fuel importers subsidy claims.”

Many residents have already expressed apprehension over the situation, following the Arepo pipeline vandalism and the face-off between fuel importers and federal government.

However, Atanda expressed confidence that fuel supply would return to normal in the state, saying that there was “no cause for alarm”.

“Whatever might have happened over the weekend is not enough to panic. By tomorrow (Tuesday), the supply to filling stations will resume. But I cannot speak for other parts of the country. I can only speak for Lagos,” he added.

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