Telecommunications outfits, Airtel and MTN have issued statements on the current diesel and petroleum products scarcity in Nigeria, noting that, the adverse effect would impact on both voice and data services.

In a statement issued yesterday, Airtel said: “Airtel Networks Limited wishes to inform our customers and the general public that the prevailing situation in the country regarding the scarcity of diesel and other petroleum products is presently impacting negatively, our commitments to delivering best-in-class quality of service and seamless telephony experience to all Nigerians.

“While we are currently doing everything within our means as well as going the extra mile to ensure that all our base stations and switches are up and running, it is sad to note that it is becoming increasingly difficult to replenish current stock of diesel due to the lingering scarcity of the products.”

“We are also concerned that, if the situation persists, it may have adverse effects on our network, impacting both voice and data services.”

“Airtel, therefore wishes to assure all customers that we will continue working with all our partners and stakeholders to mitigate any negative impact as we remain committed to our promise of providing exceptional services just as we seek the cooperation and understanding of all whilst apologizing for any inconvenience at this time.”

In a similar move, rival MTN has also said fuel scarcity may affect the quality of its services as it is finding it hard to get diesel to power its base station.

MTN Nigeria says it may shut down its services due to scarcity of fuel to power its operations.

According to the company, it needs a “significant quantity of diesel in the very near future to prevent a shutdown of services across Nigeria,” it wrote on its site.

“If diesel supplies are not received within the next 24 hours the network will be seriously degraded and customers will feel the impact,” it added.

The crisis has also led to the shutdown of radio stations and schools across the country.

Three radio stations have already shut down due to no-availability of diesel.