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DPR decries strike by Petroleum Tanker Drivers in Akwa Ibom


tankerThe Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Eket office, has decried the strike by Petroleum Tankers Driver’s (PTD), as fuel price moves between N250 and N300 per litre in Akwa Ibom.

Mr Bassey Nkanga said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Eket, Akwa Ibom..

He said that the strike had further caused hardship to the people of the state.

Nkanga said that the five-day strike had moved up the price of fuel due to non-supply of the product by the PTD in the state.

There is no fuel in Akwa Ibom, Petroleum Tankers’ Drivers have not supplied petroleum products to Akwa Ibom in the past five days.

I have alerted the government and the people concerned and the PTD – the tanker drivers.

They are members of the NUPENG larger body. They have been having issues and I do not know why fuel has not come into the state in the past five days,’’ Nkanga said.

He said that men of the DPR were on ground to prevent marketers from taking advantage of the situation in the state, adding that sanction awaits those marketers who would take advantage of the situation.

Our men are on ground; In case any marketer wants to take advantage of the situation, he will pay dearly for it.

We are on it. As it is now and if by today we do not resolve the impasse, it would be terrible.

By now, if all our efforts have yielded the desired results, nobody would have complained because we have cleared the issue in Calabar.

If you go to Calabar, you just drive into filling stations there and buy and drive out without any problem.

Imagine denying a state of an essential product for five days. Wherever they are selling fuel in the state, we are working to ensure nobody takes advantage of the situation,’’ he said.

Nkanga said that the DPR was doing its best to bargain with the tanker drivers’ union to ensure availability of the product

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  • Sunny

    Is Mr. Nkanga saying that he is not aware of the going price of petrol in the state? He has grown fat because of what he is getting from members of IPMAN in the state. While the DPR in other states are going round sealing off stations not a single station in Akwa Ibom has been sealed off but petrol has never been less than N150 in any station in Akwa Ibom for the last two months – apart from those belonging to the major oil marketers.
    It is people like him and the IPMAN members that are killing the masses in Akwa Ibom. They are sabotaging the effort of the Govt. and are directly responsible for the high cost of transportation and food items in the state.
    I hope their bubble burst soon.

  • George

    Nkanga you know that what you are saying is a lie and its just to deceive who ever asked you to supervise the sales of petroleum products in akwa ibom state. As far as the illegal businesses in the petroleum sector is concerned you,DPR and IPMAN are in partnership to frustrate the efforts of the federal government to ease our suffering which have been achieved in other states including fct.