The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has warned that fuel scarcity would not end in Nigeria soon.
According to the union, the country will also not reap the full benefits of being an oil producing nation by abandoning local refining of petroleum products for importation.
President of NUPENG, Prince William Akporeha, who spoke, weekend, in Ibadan, Oyo State, at 5th Quadrennial Delegates Conference, QDC, of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD, branch of NUPENG, blasted governors of the Niger Delta for not investing in local refining of fuel but airline and other areas, despite having crude oil at their backyard.
He decried the frequent fuel scarcity in the country, insisting that scarcity would not end soon because of government’s deliberate policy of importation rather than local refining.
Akporeha said: “As tanker drivers, our job is to distribute petroleum products whenever available to every nook and cranny across the country. We can only distribute these products when they are available and we are always ready and will continue to do so.
‘’But if the products are not available, there is nothing we can do. We find it unacceptable whenever we are blamed for scarcity of the products across the country. We hate the buck passing by those concerned, who failed to make the products available.
We cannot understand why the government has refused to invest in local refining of petroleum products. I can tell you that scarcity of fuel will continue in the country in as much as we depend on importation of these products.
‘’As a nation, we have no control of the international market environment because petroleum products are international products. The vagaries of the international market are what we are suffering today as seen in the high and rising costs of fuel globally. Nigeria is the only oil producing country that depends on importation of products. Refining is not a rocket science.”