By Bankole Wright
The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has said the gridlock being experienced by petroleum tankers on Apapa-Wharf Road may result to fuel scarcity.
The Federal Government had recently launched a reconstruction of the road.
South-West Chairman of the union, Tokunbo Korodo on Thursday said petrol tankers have been unable to gain access to the tank farms to get products.
“The reconstruction work on Apapa Wharf Road will affect loading of our petroleum tankers at the depots.
“Since the inauguration of reconstruction works, our tankers have queued up on the roads finding it difficult to gain access to tank farms.
“Even queuing of articulated vehicles, going to the port have blocked the access road and tankers have been on the same spot for three days now.
“We want to apply 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.
“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 said.
Korodo called on NNPC to address the lingering issues before it degenerates into fuel scarcity.