The 2-day ultimatum given to the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, to end the fuel scarcity crisis across Nigeria has elapsed.

Instead of the queues disappearing, it is getting worse and spreading to more places.

Things are now even getting worse, as Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) begins strike on Monday, December 18, 2017.

On Sunday, many fuel stations were shut in Lagos, Abuja, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Niger states.

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Some managers of the fuel stations were reported to be obeying directives from PENGASSAN even a day before commencement of the strike.

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC), Ndu Ughamadu, said on Sunday that the management of the firm was meeting officials of PENGASSAN.

"As we speak right now, the NNPC is holding consultation with the association on this matter and we are optimistic,” he told Punch.

But on Monday morning, there is no sign of the meeting ending successfully. It reportedly ended in a stalemate.

However, PENGASSAN's Central Working Committee will hold a meeting on Monday to decide whether or not to call off the strike.

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