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Petrol Scarcity Imminent As NARTO Begins Strike Tuesday

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Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) will commence a warning strike from Tuesday.

This development could instigate another period of fuel Scarcity in the country.

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The Editor Nigeria reports move is sequel to the federal government decision to ban  all petroleum trucks above 45,000 litres capacity from plying roads.

NARTO is the umbrella body 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.

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Speaking with reporters in Abuja, National President of the association, Alhaji Yusuf Lawal Othman said the association will issue a 10-day ultimatum on September 24 that will be followed by indefinite strike.

Othman 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.

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According to him: “Our members took loans from various commercial banks with very high interest rates and with no form of support from government.

“We were doing it for the sake of the country and we all achieved the desired goal of removing scarcity of petroleum products and its attendant long queues from our streets and communities.

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“It is therefore distressing and discouraging that when, it is discovered along the line that one of the side effects of our efforts to fix the problem is the fact that our roads were not built to accommodate vehicles that carry loads in excess of 30 tons and the new government now want to impose and introduce a new policy about maximum capacity on our roads, the government is doing so without any consideration for the plights of our members and other attendant effects.”

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