The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has expressed optimism that the lingering fuel scarcity will be over before Christmas, which is about two weeks away.
The union attributed its optimism to the massive loading of petroleum products in different depots in Lagos and other parts of the country.
For over two months now, Nigerians have been subjected to untold hardships as a result of lingering fuel scarcity with long queues resurfacing in filling stations across the country.
The fuel scarcity was attributed to delay in the payment of subsidy claims to oil marketers.
In a bid to ameliorate the suffering of Nigerians, the federal government sent a supplementary budget to the National Assembly, which was made up mostly of fuel subsidy claims.
The Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, also confirmed said on Wednesday that N407.07 billion fuel subsidy had been paid to the oil marketers.
“There is massive loading of petroleum products in different depots throughout the country, and our petroleum tanker drivers are ready to go extra mile to deliver the product to designated filling stations”, Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, the South-West Chairman of the NUPENG told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos yesterday.
“Our team of tanker drivers will work round the clock to ensure that the product gets to their destinations.
“Tentatively, before Christmas period, the queues will vanish at filling stations across the country”, he added.
The NUPENG boss, however, urged the Federal Government to ensure that next time, subsidy claims are paid on time to avoid recurrent fuel scarcity in the country.
He also advised the oil marketers to accelerate importation of the product to ensure that it was available in all depots.
Alhaji Korodo also enjoined the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to hasten the repair of its pipeline networks throughout the country so that the product could be distributed through the channel to all its depots nationwide.