The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has appealed to Nigerians to resist “panic buying” of petroleum products owing to a planned strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
Maikanti Baru, NNPC group managing director, made the appeal in a statement released on Wednesday.
Baru said there is an abundance of petroleum products that could last for as long as 37 days.
Organised labour had, on Wednesday, declared a total strike after meeting with a government delegation led by Chris Ngige, minister of labour, was reported to have ended in a stalemate.
Labour had protested the delay in implementing the new minimum wage for workers after demanding an upward review from N18,000 to between N64,000.
“All the NNPC’s depots across the country, including the private ones engaged by the corporation on throughout basis, have an abundance of petroleum products to meet the needs of Nigerians,” the statement read.
“All NNPC depot managers have been instructed to intensify products loading and other activities in their depots to avert any fallout of developments in respect of the NLC’s proposed strike.
“The NNPC would continue to meet the products consumption needs of all Nigerians wherever they may be within the shores of the country.”