- Long queues have returned to fuel stations all over Nigeria
- So far, 11 cities have been affected by the scarcity
- A litre, which was sold for N145 before, now goes for N165
As the yuletide season approaches, fuel scarcity has once again hit Nigeria and it's fast spreading across states with no less than 11 states already experiencing it.
Some of the states currently affected by the scarcity are Kano, Lagos, Sokoto, Katsina, Borno, Kwara, Anambra, Delta, Kaduna, and Abuja with the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) selling far above the N145 per litre official benchmark.
Daily Trust reports that the long queues at fuel stations in Kano state have grown even longer as the state prepares to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari for a 2-day working visit.
The chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) Kano state branch, Alhaji Ahmad Bashir Danmalam, said the scarcity was caused by private refineries that stopped the supply of the commodity to the state a few days ago.
Danmalam said: “In addition to the shortage of supply, the private refineries have increased its price from N133 to N143. However, we were able to secure more supplies from Warri and Port-Harcourt refineries to address the situation. As am speaking to you now, 50 trucks are loading from Kano depot for onward distribution to various filling stations across the state."
In Kwara state, where the long queues are similar to that of Kano state, members of the IPMAN threatened to shut down their filling stations if the federal government did not caution private depot owners selling petrol above the regulated prices to their members.
The association lamented that only three trucks are being loaded for them in Ibadan Depot while Massimi Depot has also reduced the number of products sent to Ilorin.
The chairman of IPMAN in Kwara, Alhaji Okanlawon Olanrewaju told journalists that: “As I speak to you now, PMS is sold between N142 and N143 at private depots to our members and when we add N6 to it, that is already more than the approved price by the government.”
The Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA) has accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of not having adequate petrol to meet the consumption needs of Nigerians.
Speaking with journalists on Tuesday, the DAPPMA executive secretary, Olufemi Adewole, said there was currently supply gap from NNPC, forcing independent marketers to rush to private fuel importers for supply.
He also denied the allegation of DAPPMA members selling above the ex-depot price of N133.28 per litre. An investigation revealed that all depots in Apapa sell petrol above the ex-depot price of N133.28k.
Adewole said: “We are not selling above the official price. We sell what we have. Unfortunately, NNPC could not meet all the needs. They could no longer get from NNPC’s depots, now they are accusing us. The same reason NNPC’s depots could not meet their needs is the same reason why DAPPMA could not meet their needs.”
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Senate Committee on Petroleum Downstream says plans have been concluded for it to conduct nationwide inspection of filling stations over recent fears of fuel scarcity in the country.
Chairman of the committee, Sen. Kabiru Marafa, stated this in a news briefing shortly after an investigative hearing on the matter on Tuesday, December, in Abuja.
Marafa said the senate would not watch some unpatriotic persons put Nigerians through any form of hardship, particularly during the yuletide.
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