As Nigerians seek respite from the grip of the lingering fuel scarcity that has remained for close to a month across the country, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), on Sunday, blamed the federal government’s decision to only distribute petroleum products to tank farms in Lagos for the current scarcity and high cost of product.
The petrol marketers have therefore called on the federal government to decentralise loading of petroleum products and ensure effective loading at depots across the country.
Chief Lawson Obasi, National President, IPMAN, told newsmen in Port Harcourt that spreading of petroleum products to other coastal depots across the country would help to put an to the current fuel scarcity.
“The current government approach, where marketers across the country are expected to load petroleum products from only depots in Lagos state, is counter-productive.
“To solve current scarcity of fuel; government must decongest Lagos by sending petroleum products to coastal depots in Port Harcourt, Calabar and Warri.
“By decentralising supply and distribution from Lagos to other depots; it would become easier for IPMAN members to lift products and distribute to filling stations,” Obasi said.
While calling on the federal government to allow marketers have unlimited access to petroleum products for distribution to final consumers, Obasi denied that marketers had hoarded products to deepen current scarcity and thereby make more profit from sales.
Obasi also urged the Pipelines Products Marketing Company (PPMC) to urgently commence distribution of products to other depots in the South-South to end current fuel scarcity.