As you look around some Petrol stations lately in Nigeria, you may have noticed sudden long ques of vehicles waiting to buy fuel.
PENGASSAN and NUPENG on Monday, began a three day warning strike. They are demanding for the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and conversion of all contractors to regular workers in accordance with the oil and industry guidelines.
On Monday, motorists in Abuja experienced long queues, prompting heavy vehicular traffic on some major roads.
The situation in Lagos bore slight resemblance as some filling stations were also seen with long queues, while some were simply not selling at all as was noticed around some parts of Mowe/Ibafo areas of Ogun state.
Mr. Adebayo Ajayi, the Chirman Lagos state chapter of IPMAN, told the news agency in Lagos, that the oil worker's strike would impose hardship on Nigerians. Ajayi said that the warning strike is already affecting some of his members as they could no longer load their trucks at the depots.
He said that the strike was ill-timed as it would affect Nigerians, especially in this festive periods.
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) on Tuesday urged the Federal Government and oil workers to resolve their differences through dialogue.
Ajayi advised the oil workers to use the opportunity of the meeting with the Federal Government representatives to resolve all the outstanding issues and return to work, as this would impede so many developments in this period that almost everybody will depend the product.
IPMAN appeals to FG and PENGASSAN to resolve differences through dialogue as this would lessen the masses suffering in this yuletide.