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Akwa Ibom threaten to shut non-compliant fuel retailers

06 May 2016, 19:41

Uyo - Akwa Ibom State government has threatened to sanction fuel retailers that withhold sales to consumers.

Government spokesperson, Ekerete Udoh, said following the end of the strike by workers in the sector, the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel had directed all petrol stations to resume selling the product to consumers.

“Any petrol station that hoards petrol or engages in unwholesome activities will be sealed up or out-rightly demolished and the owners prosecuted for obstructing the free flow of economic activities,” warned Udoh.

Also read: 'Fuel scarcity is as a result of diversion to Cameroun, Chad'

He confirmed the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers
(NUPENG) and  the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) had agreed to end the strike immediately and lift fuel to petrol stations.

Workers embarked on the industrial action pressing for better remuneration.

Udoh apologised for the problems caused by the strike.

“Government expresses regrets over the suffering the good people of the state went through during the strike and appeals for calm and understanding,” he added.

- CAJ News


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