Given the recent strike embarked on by PENGASSAN, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,(NNPC) has assured Nigerians of adequate petrol supply and advised that people should not embark on panic buying.
NNPC’s Group General Manager, Group public Affairs division, Alhaji Garba Deen muhammad made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
It assured that the corporation was doing everything possible to guarantee that the prevailing sanity in the supply and distribution of petroleum products across the country which was achieved with the recent downstream liberation policy was sustained.
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In its statement, the NNPC said it had commenced talks with the leadership of the industrial unions to address their grievances.
Hear them; “The Corporation has in stock enough products to satisfy local consumption requirements for the next 45 days. There is no need for motorists and other users of petroleum products to embark on frenzied wholesale purchase of fuel in anticipation of scarcity.”
Meanwhile, in an apparent move to fill up their tanks, motorists in Abuja have reportedly besieged various filling stations resulting in long queues.
Recall that PENGASSAN had threatened to embark on a nationwide strike beginning from July 7 over some issues, including the alleged mass sacking of its members by various oil and gas companies.
In a memo dated July 4, PENGASSAN directed its members to begin gradual withdrawal of services from their offices, sites and production facilities in protest of job losses, delay in the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and inability of the NNPC to meet piling debts to international oil companies.
PENGASSAN also accused the Federal government of failing to honor negotiation meetings set up on June 23rd and 30th.
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Unless government intervenes, the strike is speculated will be a gradual shutdown and will affect all sub-sectors of the oil and gas industry, including the upstream, the midstream and the downstream sectors.