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Fuel scarcity looms as transporters threaten strike

20 July 2016, 20:01

Abuja - The Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), the umbrella organization of all commercial vehicle owners and petrol tanker drivers in Nigeria, has threatened to withdraw its services in seven days if outstanding claims owed to its members by government and oil marketers are not paid, Daily Trust reports.

The claims relate to monies owed them for transporting petroleum products to different destinations across the country.

The federal government had in January 2016 reviewed downwards, the freight rate due to the transporters which they rejected.

The rate lasted till May 11 but government on May 20 increased the rate.

Giving the warning after an emergency meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, NARTO President, Kassim Bataiya, said the transporters’ major demand was the immediate full payment of their accrued outstanding claims from January to May 2016 at the old rate applicable from 2011 to December 2015 by the Petroleum Equalization Fund (PEF) Management Board.

News24 previously reported that the ultimatum by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN to embark on a nationwide strike was suspended.

According to a statement signed by the Deputy Director (Press) of the Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Samuel Olowookere, the action is sequel to the intervention of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige and the his Minister of State for Petroleum Resources counterpart, Ibe Kachikwu.

- News 24


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