The Petroleum Tankers Drivers (PTD) branch of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), has blamed the recent fuel scarcity in some parts of Nigeria on the government as well as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Comrade Salimon Akanni Oladiti, the National Chairman of PTD, spoke about the scarcity of fuel in an interview with reporters in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, stating that the oil marketers were having problems getting the product.
“We are not conniving with anybody to make Nigerians suffer for fuel. For some time now, we have not been able to load at NNPC depot in Apata, Ibadan and there is no hope of loading in some other NNPC depots in the Southwest.
“Government is responsible for this problem, because if they bring enough oil into the country, we as distributors we are ready to sell it out. It’s so sad that we are one of the largest producers of oil, but we are still suffering from scarcity,” he said
NNPC imports about 75 per cent of the oil we are consuming in the country. The remaining 25 percentage is for major marketers.
He pointed to the corruption in the system that what the government is trying to curb still exist. There is corruption and bribery at the oil depots and you have to face this hurdle before you can load your truck, he said