Apapa gridlock affecting loading of petroleum products – NUPENG

The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has said that the gridlock along Apapa Wharf road was impeding the loading petroleum products from the Apapa depots.

Chairman, South-West Chapter of the union, Tokunbo Korodo, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.

Korodo said that the poor management of available parking space by tanker drivers might lead to another crisis in the sector.

“The Lagos State Traffic Maintenance Agency (LASTMA) has informed the union of the problem associated with the gridlock.

“We have assured them that the tanker drivers will relocate to the parking bay before the week runs out.
“Some of the trucks have spent a week on queue; we started loading on March 3 and God willing, the gridlock will reduce by late Thursday.
“The gridlock is caused by the scarcity of petrol and the scrambling of our members to position their trucks nearer the source of supply.

“If the supply continues from the depot the gridlock will eventually reduce. We appeal to people using the road to tolerate us for now,” he said.

Meanwhile, commercial activities along Apapa-Wharf have been partially closed following the increased number of parked articulated trucks waiting to lift petrol from the NNPC Apapa depot.

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