Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has warned the Nigerian public against the circulation of unadulterated products in the country. The state chairman of Engine Lubricant Dealers (ELD), a wing of NUPENG, Alhaji Hassan Bukar, condemned the act which exposes motorists to danger while in transit and vehicles to unwarranted damage.
Driving the news
NUPENG in the warning issued to Nigerians committed to working with Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) to apprehend the perpetrators of such crimes.
What they are saying
The Gombe State NSCDC Commandant, Waziri Goni confirming unadulterated products in circulation, said the security force last week arrested Nuhu Umar, who had in possession eight drums of unadulterated engine oil.
- The State commandant said NSCDC officials arrested the fake product dealer while its staff were on patrol. They needed to top the engine oil in the patrol van to avoid running short when they discovered the oil sold by the suspect smelt of kerosene.
What you should know
- Nigeria just recovered from the circulation of unadulterated products about four months ago when the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) imported 170.25litres of adulterated fuel from suppliers in Europe.
- This led to weeks of fuel scarcity in most parts of the country. Also, there was a 0.1% rise in inflation rate from 15.6% in January to 15.7% in February, which adversely affected the prices of food and other household commodities.
- The imported fuel had a high level of methanol beyond Nigeria’s specifications, thereby causing damage to the engines of motorists.