Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Fuel Scarcity: Senate to inspect filling stations nationwide

Fuel Scarcity: Senate to inspect filling stations nationwide

AS long queues resurfaced in the country on Tuesday, marketers have blamed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for the situation.

The solution to the lingering fuel crisis is for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to stop supplying fuel to Depots and Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPMAN), the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) National President, Chief Chinedu Okoronkwo, has said.

"No. The government has no intention at all that to increase the pump price of PMS".

Ughamadu said that the ex-depot petrol price of N133.38 per litre and pump price of N143/N145 per litre had not changed.

He urged the government to direct the NNPC to distribute fuel through its depots across the country, as against a situation in which the state-owned corporation is using private depot owners.

"We will also get these details from the filling stations to ascertain when last they got supplies and the quantity sold".

"We are prepared and we have sufficient products that will last us to the end of the year and into next year". But it appear they have started the strike, as they are not selling fuel.

However, motorists in Ibadan, Oyo State, had no experience of queues experienced in Lagos and Abuja as filling stations in the town were open for business.

The Chairman of the committee, Senator Kabiru Marafa, told journalists yesterday afternoon that the members would also embark on inspection at service stations across the country.

Marafa stated the Senate would not allow some unpatriotic persons to cause Nigerians any hardships especially during the Yuletide.

She said that any petroleum retail outlet found short-changing members of the public in terms of quantity and quality would be appropriately dealt with.

Leading the monitoring team in the state capital, the operation controller of the DPR in charge of Ogun State, Mrs Muinat Bello-Zagi said that the monitoring exercise became imperative in order to ensure that consumers are not under dispensed and have value for money.

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