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DPR wants speedy resolution of oil workers’ strike


MAKURDI – The Department of Petroleum Resources has appealed to the two unions in the oil and gas sector to shield their swords by calling off the ongoing industrial action to end the sufferings of motorists.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Makurdi, the Controller of DPR in Makurdi, Mr Abdullahi Isah, observed that the ongoing strike had already taken its toll on motorists in the state.
Isah said more than 100 trucks loaded with petroleum products at the NNPC Apir depot in the outskirts of Makurdi had been trapped owing to the strike by the two unions.
He expressed regret that the bulk of the workforce in the DPR office were members of the unions since the trucks could not be cleared at the depot to reduce the plight of motorists.
compel government to carry out the Turn Around Maintenance of the refineries.
Meanwhile, black marketers in Makurdi have taken advantage of the strike to hike fuel prices.
Mr Terfa Chia, petrol hawker, said the cost of sourcing the product within service stations in Makurdi was high while the profits accruable from such sales were small.
According to him, the cost of the product at the black market was N150 per liter while some service stations sold at N130 as against the regulated price of N97.
A cross section of bus drivers said they had to increase the transport fares to cope with the cost of fuel.
Mr Michael Denen, a bus driver, said transport fares for commuter buses within Makurdi town had increased from N50 to N70.
Denen said bus drivers were losing their customers to motorcycle operators owing to the increase in transport fares.
But a motorcycle rider, Mr Linus Atime, said “we also increased our fares by 30 per cent; we jumped from N70 to N100 per drop.
NAN reports that some commuters preferred to trek over short distances to avoid the exorbitant fares. (NAN)

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