The nationwide strike called by the United Labour Congress of Nigeria commenced on Monday and led to the shutdown of fuel depots in Apapa, Lagos and other parts of the country, threatening the supply of petroleum products to filling stations, The Punch reports.
It was gathered that oil workers under the aegis of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers were partaking in the strike. The Executive Secretary, Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association, Mr. Olufemi Adewole, confirmed the shutdown of the depots and said it would affect the supply of petroleum products once the stock in filling stations dried up. Adewole also noted that prior to the commencement of the strike, some of the association’s members were not loading petroleum products because of the debts owed them by the government.
An official of an independent marketing company in Lagos stated that if the strike continued till Thursday, there would be scarcity of products as many filling stations would begin to run out of fuel stock. The South-West Chairman of NUPENG, Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, also said that there is no loading at depots nationwide. Meanwhile, the Federal Government has invited the executive of NUPENG workers to a conciliatory meeting, which is expected to hold today (Tuesday) at the instance of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige.