NNPCL, marketers disagree over fuel scarcity

The cause of the lingering scarcity of the product in major cities, especially Lagos and Abuja has resulted in disagreements between petrol marketers and the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NPPCL).

According to the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), the acute scarcity of fuel can be attributed to the unavailability of the product at the filling stations.

However, the NNPCL, through its Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) agency, insisted it has enough in stock that will last for more than one month.

The scarcity, which began in Lagos earlier in the week, spread to neighboring communities yesterday, with queues spreading into kilometers away from stations that had the product to dispense.

The scarcity also resurfaced in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) despite the 2,050,272,534-litre product stock claim of the NNPCL.

When contacted, neither the NMDPRA spokesman, Mr. Apollo Kimchi nor the NNPCL Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Malam Garba Deen Muhammad, could be reached for an explanation on the resurgence of petrol scarcity.

IPMAN National Vice President, Alhaji Abubakar Maigandi, said most of the tank farms from which the marketers buy petrol were not selling to them.

He stressed that the NNPCL was not releasing products to independent marketers.



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