Since the time when queues for petroleum are already being witnessed at various filling stations in Lagos and other parts of the country, the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA starting December 8th to 28th 2014 made the announcement in its daily publication, “Shipping Position”, stating that 10 ships were expected to arrive with such petroleum products as petrol, diesel, kerosene and aviation fuel.
According to reports, the scarcity of petroleum products seems to be connected to the threat made by Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) to embark on a three-day warning strike in protest against the delay in the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and other anti-labour activities of employers in the oil and gas sector.
The NPA statement also disclosed that eight of the ships would arrive with fresh fish, while 21 others have containers of different goods.
The document showed that five ships containing buckwheat were also being expected, while the remaining 17 ships would arrive with bulk rice, used vehicles, bulk fertiliser, base oil and general cargo.
It stated that five ships had arrived and waiting to berth with bulk rice, buck wheat, bulk sugar and bulk fertiliser.
The document indicated that nine other ships were also waiting to discharge petroleum products such as petrol, diesel, kerosene, crude palm oil and base oil.
According to the document, 22 other ships are discharging cargoes like buckwheat, ethanol, bulk rice, fertiliser, general cargo, containers, bulk sugar and petroleum products.