The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), has condemned the strike by Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD), as fuel price moves between N250 and N400 per litre in Akwa Ibom.
Speaking with newsmen in Uyo, Bassey Nkanga DPR boss said that the strike by the union had further caused hardship to the people of the state.
Nkanga, who said that the five-day strike had moved up the price of fuel due to non-supply of the product by the PTD in the state, explained that the scarcity of fuel in Akwa Ibom was caused by petroleum tanker drivers who had not supplied petroleum products to the state in the past five days.
He said that he had alerted the government and the people concerned and the PTD – the tanker drivers.
“They are members of the NUPENG larger body. They have been having issues and I do not know why fuel has not come into the state in the past five days,’’ Nkanga said.
He said that men of the DPR were on ground to prevent marketers from taking advantage of the situation in the state, adding that sanction awaits those marketers who would take advantage of the situation.
“Our men are on ground; in case any marketer wants to take advantage of the situation, he will pay dearly for it.”
“We are on it. As it is now and if by the end of today we do not resolve the impasse, it would be terrible.”
“By now, if all our efforts have yielded the desired results, nobody would have complained because we have cleared the issue in Calabar.
“If you go to Calabar, you just drive into filling stations there and buy and drive out without any problem.
“Imagine denying a state of an essential product for five days.
Wherever they are selling fuel in the state, we are working to ensure nobody takes advantage of the situation,’’ he said.