Fuel Scarcity: Petroleum Marketers Confirm Presence of Adulterated Fuel In Circulation… Efforts On To Revive Depots.

…Victor Okiche
The current scarcity of petroleum products has been blamed on the supply of a wrong specification of petrol in some parts of the country.

The South-West Zonal Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, Mr. Dele Tajudeen, who confirmed the existence of the conterminated fuel said that a directive from the Petroleum Pipeline Marketing Company, PPMC, to withdraw the adulterated products from circulation and shortage of supply from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPC, had worsened the situation.

Mr. Dele Tajudeen, noted that five NNPC depots in the South-West are currently not loading Petroleum products.
“This fuel scarcity is as a result of short supply from the NNPC and, of course, the private depots around Lagos. One of the major reasons for the scarcity is that the five NNPC depots in southwest as at today are not loading products”.

Mr. Dele Tajudeen said that efforts are being made to resolve the issue as investigation is ongoing by the Petroleum Pipeline Marketing Company.

According to Mr. Dele Tajudeen, the Managing Director of PPMC, Mallam Isiaku Abdullahi, is making efforts to ensure that all the depots are revived through a holistic rehabilitation.

“Until the investigation is concluded, I don’t want to comment more, so as not to pre-empt it, but Mr Abdullahi is making efforts to ensure that all the depots are revived. He is doing a holistic rehabilitation of the depots,” he said.

Meanwhile, some of the fuel stations in some parts of the Lagos metropolis particularly on the Lekki-Ajah axis are still experiencing long queuesof vehicles with the attendant increase in transport fares.

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