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Fuel scarcity imminent as NARTO withdraws service

In protest against the ban on 45,000-litre capacity trucks by the Federal Government, the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) will today halt the ferrying petroleum products.

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, the national president of NARTO, Alhaji Yusuf Lawal, said the truck owners were withdrawing their service because the ban would jeopardise their multi-billion naira investments.

“We are therefore constraint to allow the decision of all our members to park their trucks as from today and tomorrow,to prevail as warning, and furthermore, issue a10 day ultimatum with effect from 24th September, 2020 for a full blown withdrawal of service”, Lawal said.

He said NARTO received with grave shock the recent government decision to place immediate ban on all petroleum trucks above 45,000 litres capacity from plying Nigeria roads.

“The sudden ban is considered highly insensitive and unappreciative of the efforts and contributions of the NARTO members as businessmen and investors in the very critical and sensitive distribution and supply chains of petroleum products across the country,” Lawal said.

He said many of their members had bent over backward to invest heavily in expanding their fleet of various capacities to deliver products to all nook and crannies of this country.

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