The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) have thrown their weight behind the decision of the Federal Government that Nigeria Customs Service should ban supply of fuel to the filling stations at border posts.
Reacting to the development, the General Secretary of NUPENG, Afolabi Olawale, said the filling stations within 20 kilometres of Nigerian borders were more than the filling stations inside the towns which should not be so.
He stressed that the only explanation many filling stations were close to the border was to smuggle petroleum products.
“The only explanation would be that they are being used as conduit pipe through which smuggled petroleum products are taken out of the country,” he said.
Also, PENGASSAN spokesperson, Fortune Obi, described the move as a good development.
“Why do we often have products’ insufficiency in Nigeria? Why is this so when those who share borders with us are taking the products, which, of course, is not good for the country?” he queried.
“We import petroleum products with huge foreign exchange, so why should it be smuggled out of the country when we don’t even have enough at times in the country?”
“We import petroleum products with huge foreign exchange, so why should it be smuggled out of the country when we don’t even have enough at times in the country?” he added.