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Apapa road shutdown may lead to fuel scarcity, Petrol tanker drivers warn

Following the complete shutdown of the Apapa expressway for repairs, the South-West Chairman of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has expressed fears that the gridlock being experienced by petroleum tankers and vehicles may result to fuel scarcity in Lagos state.

The Chairman, Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, made the disclosure today, Thursday, June 22 2017, saying since the inauguration of reconstruction of the road, petroleum tanker drivers have experienced difficulty in gaining access to the tank farms to get petroleum products.

“We want to appeal to NNPC to use its System 2B distribution channel to pump products to its depots in Mosinmi, Ejigbo, Ibadan, Ilorin and Ore so that most of the tankers will stop coming to Apapa to load,”  he said.

He added that “It is irrational now for tankers to come and load at Apapa tank farms because the access roads are blocked and traffic is the order of the day.”

He however called on NNPC to address the lingering issues before it degenerates into fuel scarcity, adding that the delay in getting petroleum products to filling stations would be seen as unavailability of products.

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