The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG on Monday called for the rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries to end the recurring scarcity of petrol in the country.
The South-West Chairman of the union, Tayo Aboyeji, who made the call in Lagos, said it is disheartening to know that despite the fact that the nation is a major producer of crude oil, it cannot refine the product for its local consumption.
The chairman urged the NNPC to increase supply of petrol to depots in order to reduce the scarcity nationwide.
According to Aboyeji, it is not yet time for total deregulation of the sector and advised the government to reduce import duty and provide waiver to oil companies to import the product.
On petrol stations selling above the official pump price, Aboyeji urged the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR to investigate properly before sealing such stations.