IPMAN assures of end to fuel scarcity in ‘few days’

IPMAN assures of end to fuel scarcity in ‘few days’

As NNPC supplies Ejigbo, Mosimi depots

By Tunde Osho

The current ravaging fuel scarcity hitting Lagos and Ogun state will end a few days’ time. This is because the NNPC has flooded its Ejigbo Satellite and Mosimi depots with fuel in order to end it immediately.

This indication was dropped in Lagos yesterday by the chairman Lagos state chapter of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Alhaji Alanamu Balogun in a statement released to newsman. He said before the fuel crisis, the NNPC was supplying his members only six trucks daily, but since about five days now, the corporation has increased the supply to 80 trucks per day and promised to increase the supply. He said his members and NNPC staff are now working 24 hours daily to ensure that fuel circulates all over Lagos and Ogun State regularly.

Three weeks ago, IPMAN threatened to withdraw its services on December 11 and shutdown all its members’ over 1000 fuel stations in Lagos and Ogun States, accusing the NNPC of non-supply of fuel to members and diverting the commodity to DAPMAN who sold a litre of fuel to them at the rate of N141 instead of N133.24k.

However, the NNPC management appealed to IPMAN to suspend the action and fixed a meeting between its staff and the IPMAN for December 14 which was held in Abuja.

The NNPC promised to rectify the situation. Hence all the NNPC depots in Ejigbo, Mosimi Sagamu and Ibadan had been stocked with fuel in order to make it available to motorists and members of the public.

Speaking in Lagos, Alhaji Alanamu Balogun said the NNPC has repaired all the existing facilities at Ejigbo satellite depot to enhance fuel supply to the public. He said the situation now is that the fuel scarcity in Lagos and Ogun state will end within the next few days.

He advised members of the public to stop panic buying of fuel, warning them against storing petroleum products in their homes which could cause fire disaster.

The NNPC has promised to repair all its facilities in Ilorin, Ibadan and Ore depots to ensure regular fuel supply nationwide.

He commended the DPR, Lagos zone to ensure good relationship between the NNPC, PPRA, DAPMAN, MAN and other stake holders.