Fuel Scarcity Persists In Nigerian Cities

Fuel scarcity Fuel scarcity continues as only some of the fuel stations owned by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Abuja have started dispensing fuel to customers.

This was few hours after the leadership of NUPENG and PENGASSAN announced the suspension of an industrial action they embarked upon on Wednesday.

A tour of fuel stations round the city centre revealed that only some of the NNPC managed fuel stations were selling, while others were still under lock and key with long queues of customers waiting and hoping that sales would resume.

However, normal activities have returned at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation which was barricaded on Wednesday by the striking workers.

Meanwhile, motorists continue to groan over the fuel scarcity as some say they have spent hours on queues without hope of getting the product to buy.

Also, in Benin city, the Edo State capital, motorists were still lamenting on Thursday over the persistent fuel scarcity in the city which has also resulted to a hike in the price of the other commodities.

They called on all concerned authorities to urgently address the persistent fuel scarcity in the country which they say has made live unbearable for them and other citizens.

In Port Harcourt, the suspension of the strike by NUPENG and PENGASSAN over the unbundling proposal of the NNPC also did not make much difference..

Channels TV correspondent in Rivers State reports that frustration still filled the air for residents in Rivers State as long queues were seen in some filling stations across the state on Thursday afternoon.

Reports from other parts of the country revealed that the resumption of activities at the NNPC depots is yet to have a noticeable impact on the fuel situation.

Oil Workers Say Strike Suspended For 14 Days Only

oil workersOil workers in Nigeria have said that the joint strike embarked upon by NUPENG and PENGASSAN is only suspended to allow for a window period to discuss issues that led to the strike.



The President of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, Mr Igwe Achese,  told Channels Television that the striking workers decided to suspend their strike after series of intervention meetings between the unions and the Presidency.

On Wednesday, Oil workers shut down operations of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) nationwide until further notice following the unbundling of the corporation.

This decision was reached at a meeting of the Group Executive Councils of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), which held on Tuesday, March 8.

The Federal Government had approved the creation of seven operational units in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu said that five of the seven operational units would be strictly business-driven in line with global best practices.

The new units include those for Upstream, Downstream, Gas and Power, Refineries, Ventures, Corporate Planning and Services, and Finance and Accounts.

He said each of the units would be headed by Chief Executive Officers; namely Bello Rabiu for Upstream; Henry Ikem-Onih for Downstream; Anibor Kragha (Refineries); Saudu Mohammed (Gas and Power), while Babatunde Adeniran takes charge of Ventures.

The oil workers told Channels Television that the unbundling process was not transparent.

NUPENG, PENGASSAN Suspend Strike

strikeThere is a big relief nationwide among citizens, following the suspension of national strike embarked upon by the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG), and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN).

The PENGASSAN President, Comrade Johnson Francis told Channels Television on Thursday, that the action was taken after the intervention of the Presidency and the clarification made by the Petroleum Ministry.

PENGASSAN’s acting General Secretary Lumumba Okugbawa adds that the decision was taken  after 10 hours of talk, ending at about 3am between the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu, NNPC Executives and union officials.

“Management agreed that there would be further collaboration … with a view to considering any suggested amendments. Our input would be taken into consideration,”

The unions have been directed to resume work and ensure that there is adequate supply of fuel.

Mr Johnson also called on Nigerians to bear with the unions, assuring that everything is under control to ensure the fuel crisis do not linger for long.

On Wednesday, Oil workers shut down operations of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) nationwide until further notice following the unbundling of the corporation.

This decision was reached at a meeting of the Group Executive Councils of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), which held on Tuesday, March 8.

After “extensively discussing the pronouncement”, they “observed that the GMD/HMSP totally disregarded due process and failed to engage stakeholders.

“Hence, from midnight today (Tuesday, March 8), all NNPC locations will be shut down completely until further notice. Further directives will be communicated accordingly”.

Speaking in a telephone interview with Channels Television, President of NUPENG, Mr Igwe Achese, said the unbundling process was not transparent.

Senate Confirms 18 Ministerial Nominees

Ministerial NomineesEighteen of the 37 ministerial nominees from the list submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari have been confirmed by the Senate.

They include Udoma Udo Udoma, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, Audu Ogbe, Christopher Ogbonnaya Onu, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Lt.Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazzau, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Amina Mohammed, Ibrahim Jubril, Babatunde Fashola, Aisha Alhassan.

Others are Senator Hadi Sirika, Solomon Dalong, Ibe Kachukwu, Kemi Adeosun, Abubakar Malami, Engineer Suleiman Adamu and Dr. Chris Ngige.

At the end of plenary on Wednesday, Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki read out the names of the nominees who had fielded questions from the lawmakers. The senators in a vote confirmed all 18 nominees.

The lawmakers carried out the confirmation.

Former Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State was the first to take the stand at the Senate chambers today.

Mr Fashola held his audience spell bound for almost an hour and half answering questions from senators.

He told them that as governor for eight years in office he did not sign a cheque.

Mr Fashola also responded to questions on loyalty and on the 78 million naira allegedly sank to build a website.

Watch all videos of the Senates’s screening of the ministerial nominees on Channels Television YouTube channel.