Nigeria, oil marketers resolve to end fuel scarcity

November 23, 2015 | Nigeria, Refining & Processing

Lagos, Nigeria | – The Nigerian  Federal Government on Wednesday got the commitment of petroleum product marketers to support measures put in place by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC to end the scarcity of petrol currently plaguing the country.

The resolution between the government and the marketers was reached at a meeting convened by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, to address the fuel supply situation.

A statement by the NNPC noted that the leadership of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association, and Jetty and Petroleum Tank Farm Owners of Nigeria pledged to end the fuel queues as soon as possible.

Kachikwu, according to the statement, charged the marketers to activate all necessary machinery and mechanism that would guarantee unimpeded distribution of petroleum products across the country.

While pledging to eliminate all bottlenecks to fast-track the process, the minister urged the marketers to see the initiative as a national call to action.

“We have got the DPR, PEF and PPPRA to be a bit more flexible with the rules to allow for more movement of trucks and products massively,” he was quoted as saying.

The Secretary-General, MOMAN, Mr. Femi Olawore, was quoted as saying that the major marketers were willing and ready to work with the Petroleum ministry and the NNPC to restore normal fuel supply.

“For us, there is only one thing that we know how to do, and that is to sell petroleum products in accordance with the law. For us, it is just a matter of few days before we get to normalcy,” he reportedly said.

Olawore, according to the statement, noted that MOMAN would never do anything against the prevailing regulations on the supply and distribution of petroleum products.

The leader of the DAPPMA delegation, Dapo Abiodun, was said to have pledged the commitment of his members to work towards the achievement of the Federal Government’s objective of ensuring free flow of petroleum products across the country.