There is panic in Port Harcourt as many petrol filling stations in the city have refused to sell while others were closed as at Wednesday morning. The fresh fuel scarcity in the city is solely attributed to the strike action by tanker drivers in the state under the aegis of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG.
EkoHotBlog reports that there have been unresolved issues between the Demobilisation Taskforce of the state government and tankers drivers in the state.
It was learned that the taskforce had impounded two tankers and arrested some drivers over an offence that could not be ascertained at press time and had refused to release the same despite some interventions by NUPENG.
When contacted, the Chairman of NUPENG, Port Harcourt Zone, Mr Alex Egwanwo, disclosed that the cause of the action was following the lingering issues between the state government taskforce and the Union. Egwanwo noted that its members were still been detained alongside their trucks, regretting that the government failed to implement the outcome of their meeting.
He said: “You are aware of the lingering issue between the government taskforce and the Union. As we speak our members are still in detention and their trucks still ceased.
“Let the government release our members and their trucks. We are not after those arrested in illegal business, but those our members who they arrested without due cause.
“We embarked on this action to protect the interest of our members. We understand the plight of the masses which we are part of but, we want social justice for our members.”
However, there is panic buying at the few stations that are dispensing at the moment and there is a high resultant hike in the price of transportation in the state.