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Overhaul pipelines, refineries, depots to address fuel scarcity, PENGASSAN tells FG

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In a bid to proffer solutions to the lingering fuel scarcity in the country and attendant man-hours lost at fuel stations, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has advised the Federal Government to overhaul all pipeline networks, rehabilitate the nation’s refineries as well as upgrade depots and the oil and gas infrastructural facilities.

The oil workers, who stated that the recurring menace was becoming embarrassing to the nation, stressed the urgent need for government to increase local refining by ensuring that the nation’s refineries work at maximum capacity. They argued that unless there is increase in government’s commitment to rehabilitate and replace ageing and ruptured pipelines, challenges with the distribution and supply of petroleum products to all parts of the country would linger.

PENGASSAN said this during courtesy visits led by its President, Francis Olabode Johnson to management of Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF), the Petroleum Training Development Funds (PTDF), Petroleum and Pipelines marketing Company (PPMC) and the House of Representatives.

To also ease the challenges of importation, Johnson canvassed for the removal of encumbrances associated with importation of refined products into the country and enhance infrastructural facilities. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara promised that the House would do all within its power to enact enabling laws to increase local refining.



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