NUPENG to build 1,000-capacity tankers’ park, petrol stations

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DPR rules out fuel scarcity in Rivers till next year
National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has disclosed plans to build a 1,000-capacity modern tankers’ park and mega filling stations to mark its 40th anniversary.

This is just as Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has appealed to oil companies to encourage unionism, while challenging trade unions to engage in actions that contribute to the development of the country.

Okowa made the appeal yesterday in Asaba when the executive of the union paid him a courtesy visit, stressing the importance of developing the country because, “if all the states are developed, the country will be developed.”

While congratulating NUPENG on its 40th anniversary and accepting to receive an award of excellence from the union, Okowa added: “It would also be good for our motorists that NUPENG will have petrol stations as petroleum products will be available always.”

National president of NUPENG, William Akporeha, had informed the governor of plans by the union to build a 1,000-capacity tankers’ park and mega filling stations in the state.

However, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has assured that there won’t be scarcity of petroleum products in Rivers State during and after the yuletide.

According to the agency, products in the city will last till next year, hence it urged residents to avoid panic buying to avoid fire disaster.

The Port Harcourt zonal controller of DPR, Ibani Frank-Briggs, stated this yesterday after visiting fillings stations and gas retail outlets in the state.

He said: “From available records, petroleum products are available till next year, but we need to increase our surveillance because of the time we are in, the yuletide, to ensure that marketers don’t engage in sharp practices.

“There is no need for panic buying, no fear for scarcity this Christmas because of sufficient products. Adequate preparations have been made by government because we know that over time in such seasons, Nigerians experience difficulties getting petroleum products. But there will not be any problem this time around.”

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