The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers
(NUPENG) on Saturday said there is no single drop of kerosene in any of
the private depots and that of the Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC) in Lagos.
The National Chairman, Surface Tank Kerosene Peddlers (SUTAKEP)
Branch of NUPENG, Mr. Rotimi Benjamin, told the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) in Lagos.
NAN reports that kerosene was last brought to the depots on December 27, 2016.
Benjamin, who is also the Vice-Chairman of NUPENG, Lagos Zonal
Council, said that scarcity of Kerosene had made its price to go up,
thus making it unaffordable for the masses.
He urged the Federal Government to come to the aid of the masses, who
could not afford the price of cooking gas, by making kerosene available
at the depots and filling stations.
He said, “It is very sad that things are going on this
way, for the past two weeks, there is no supply of kerosene to any of
the depots in Lagos.
“The two refineries in the country have not been pumping kerosene to the depots.
“This has forced the marketers that have the product in their stations to increase the price by over 60 per cent.
“This is not the right time for our refineries to stop kerosene production, as everybody cannot depend on gas.
“Common man cannot afford the price of cylinder and cooking gas. Our
mothers in the village depend on kerosene, an essential household
commodity, to cook.
“Government should address the issue and alleviate the sufferings of the masses by making the product available.”