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FG, stakeholders pledge end to fuel scarcity soon


The Producers’ Forum of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria(PENGASSAN) has said it is working in partnership with the Federal Government to urgently address fuel scarcity in some parts of the country.

Chairman, PENGASSAN Producers Forum, Festus Osifoh, who disclosed this yesterday in Benin city while briefing journalists,during the forum’s two days national retreat in Benin city, Edo State with its theme “Strategic and Information Based Leadership; Panacea for Effective Unionism, said they are not threatened by federal government proposed move to give linceses to modular refineries operators to operate in the country.

Osifoh said when citizens are allowed to own and operate their private refineries, it would create more job opportunities for Nigerians.

“We cannot be threatened if the federal government give licenses to private individuals to operate modular refineries because it will create more jobs in the oil and gas industries. PENGASSAN today has over 20,000 members and we want more members.

” So if they give the license to operate the modular refineries, at the end, who are they going to employ? It is going to be your brothers and mine. At the end of the day, these people, they will either be members of PENGASSAN or NUPENG. So for us, anything that will open up the space, we are in support of it”, he said.

He said the association is worried about the scarcity of fuel but has put up modalities in place to ease its scarcity.

“There are so many factors responsible for the scarcity of fuel but I can assure that currently, the leadership of PENGASSAN is on top of the situation as far as PENGASSAN is concerned. We are interested in the welfare of Nigerians. So, currently, I think that both the government and the union, they are all collaborating to ensure that we have a smooth Yuletide. If you observed some of the queues in our filling stations, they are all going down. So we are believing that in the next few days, it could be resolved”, he said.

Osifoh who noted that scarcity of fuel will soon be a thing of the past said the Federal Government is tackling the problem to ensure that in the next few days, Nigerians can get the product with ease, to enjoy a hitch-free Christmas holiday.

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