Fuel scarcity hits Bayelsa as tanker drivers down tools

 
Wed May 9th, 2018 - Bayelsa
 

By Samuel Oyadongha

YENAGOA— RESIDENTS of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, have been thrown into panic following the resurgence of fuel scarcity perceived as “artificial” through stoppage of products distribution by members of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTD, branch of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, to protest the arrest of members and seizure of two trucks by security operatives in the state.

The arrest, it was gathered, forced the tanker drivers to stop conveying petroleum products to the state, causing scarcity of products.

Most of the filling stations in town operated by members of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association, IPMAN, were shut since Monday ostensibly in solidarity with the aggrieved oil workers.

Long queues, yesterday, began to resurface at the NNPC mega-station and other few stations dispensing fuel in the state capital as most vehicle owners embarked on panic buying.

Meanwhile, black marketers were having a field day selling a litre of fuel for between N180 and N200.

An independent marketer who spoke to Vanguard expressed optimism that the impasse would be resolved soon.

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source: Vanguard