Petrol scarcity still persists in states

Marketers of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise known as petrol on Tuesday said that the product is still scarce in the state across the country because the product was yet to get to the hinterland.

The National Secretary, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Mr Danladi Pasali told The Nation on phone on Tuesday that the issues with the Federal Government were only resolved last week.

According to him, it takes about four days to one week for trucks laden with petrol to travel from Lagos and other depots to some parts of the country.

He said that the situation was already improving in some states, stressing that by the weekend the stations will be wet.

The scribe said that unless marketers begin to import fuel after finally resolving issues with the government, there is bound to be pockets of fuel scarcity.

His words: “The product is still not much available on the outskirts.

You know that it was last week we resolved our issue to mobilize trucks to those areas.

“From Lagos to some states take five to six days or one week because of the road situation. I am sure before the week runs out there will be the improvement in the situation.

“It is improving now. Over 20 filling stations are selling in my state (Plateau). It is improving. It is no longer like before.

Unless we all import at once augmenting NNPC, there will still be pockets of scarcity here and there.”

Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary, Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) Mr. Obafemi Olawore said that marketers had to always start from Abuja, Lagos before getting to other states.

He submitted that now that the major cities have been cleared of queues, the fuel will soon go round to the outskirts of Nigeria.

He also dropped the hint that his association had on Monday directed its members to move fuel to other states.

Olawore said that “when there is scarcity we first look at Lagos, Abuja and later we look at PortHarcourt, Kano, Ibadan and so on. Now that Lagos and Abuja are stable, the instruction that was given since yesterday is that we should move to other states. “So maybe Wednesday, Thursday, you will see the effects in some more states.

The agreement I had with my own major marketers, we have agreed that we will be going to the other states. But it is going to be gradual.”

Executive Secretary, Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA), Mr. Olufemi Adewole said that “whatever we are given, we are selling. If it is not enough, NNPC is expected to beef up the supply. But everything they give to us we are selling.”

The Nation

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