FUEL SCARCITY LOOMS AS NARTO BEGINS WARNING STRIKE
Scarcity of petrol may begin as the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) embarks on a warning strike from Tuesday, September 22, 2020.
NARTO is the umbrella organisation of all commercial vehicles owners engaged in the haulage of petroleum products, general cargoes and movement of goods and passengers within Nigeria and the West-African sub region.
Narto’s National President, Alhaji Yusuf Lawal Othman while speaking at a press briefing broke the news to reporters in Abuja.
He said the association will embark on the strike to protest the recent decision by the Federal Government to place immediate ban on all petroleum trucks above 45,000 litres capacity from plying Nigerian roads.
Othman said the association will issue a 10-day ultimatum on September 24 that will be followed by indefinite strike.
He described the sudden ban as insensitive and unappreciative of efforts and contributions of NARTO members as investors in the very critical and sensitive distribution and supply chains of petroleum products across the country.
He said none of the major transport companies across the country could continue any form of operations with this policy within this short time frame, adding that if the ban was not lifted, the association would begin a full-blown industrial action.
The NARTO president said, “In view of the above, we are therefore constrained to allow the decision of all our members to park their trucks as from tomorrow, 22nd to 23rd September 2020, to prevail as a warning.