Mr Joseph Ebele, Chairman, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Rivers chapter has said that the ongoing Petroleum Tanker Drivers Union (PTD) strike can lead to fuel scarcity.
“After the analysis, it was confirmed that the suspected products were actually legitimate products and not adulterated as claimed by the security personnel.
“On that note, the owners of the products were invited to claim their goods but when they got to the security base, the two originally fully-loaded trucks were found empty,” he explained.
The chairman said that due to inability to explain the disappearance of the products from the tankers, the PTD declared a state wide shot down on operations.
“PTD has declared that no truck is permitted to load or convey petroleum products in any depot within the state pending replacement of the alleged missing products,” he said.
Ebele said that at present, IPMAN was dispensing reserved products to fuel stations and might run short of products if the situation lingered.
“We are still selling petroleum products at the various filling stations and outlets for now and from all indication, these outlets are beginning to run out of stock.
“The result is gradually leading to build up of queues across petrol stations at the moment.
Ebele, however, said that there was no need for panic buying because necessary steps were being initiated to end the strike as soon as possible.(NAN)