Indigenous oil marketing company, GOIL, has opted out from the strike started by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) operators to protest government’s resolve to go ahead with the cylinder recirculation module.
Effective Monday, most LPG operators across the country closed their outlets leaving hundreds of domestic and commercial consumers in dilemma as they roam in search of gas to purchase.
Following the recent series of explosions at gas filling stations across the country, the National Petroleum Authority proposed the implementation CRM to ensure that LPG filling points are sited outside of densely populated areas and commercial centres.
Under the new module, LPG plants will procure, brand, maintain and fill empty cylinders to be distributed to consumers and households through retail outlets and stations, deemed to be low risk, after government’s assessment.
But the policy according to the operators is inimical to their businesses and jobs, hence using the strike to compel government to reverse the decision, which they claim, will lead to the collapse of their businesses and loss of jobs.
With ‘No Gas’ signs posted at most gas outlets, GOIL at its service stations across the country was however serving customers Monday morning, 3news correspondents reported.
Management of GOIL later in the day issued a statement saying that its LPG outlets across the country “are not on strike”.
It said all its outlets are open to the public and have gas on sale.
“GOIL will continue to be of service to the general public and assure consumers of uninterrupted service at all times,” it said.