NUPENG explains long line of tankers on Apapa-Ijora bridge

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The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Monday attributed the long queues of petroleum tankers on Marine Bridge, Apapa, Lagos, to non-loading in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) depots in Ejigbo and Mosinmi.

Chairman, South-West Chapter of NUPENG, Tokunbo Korodo, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Lagos.

Korodo said that most of the petroleum tankers on queue on the bridge were loading NNPC products at NIPCO, Folawiyo and MRS depots in Apapa.

“Before, the corporation was using about six private depots to load its products in Apapa, but due to closure of Capital Oil and Gas, they are now using the aforementioned tank farms.

“This has resulted in delay in loading and lateness in getting the products to filling stations.

“If you are going to Wharf through Ijora Road, the queues of tankers are disturbing free movement of vehicles.

“NNPC should reconsider its decision and resume loading of products at its depots nationwide, to reduce the problem.

“Although skeletal loading is going on in other depots and tank farms in Apapa, it cannot be compared to NNPC.

“This is because they are a major importer of refined products in the country,” he said.