The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has appealed to the federal government through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to revive all the damaged tanks so as to increase the fuel storage capacity to 200 trucks daily.
Speaking in Lagos yesterday, Alhaji Ayo Alanamu, the Chairman, Ejigbo Satellites Depot of IPMAN urged the government to ensure effective repairs of all the dilapidated storage facilities within the western zone to beef-up storage and loading capacity to at least 1million trucks on daily basis.
“This will address frequent fuel challenges in the country,’’ he said.
The IPMAN boss said that if depots had enough stocks, marketers would work 24-hours to ensure that the product gets to every nook and cranny of the states.
Alanamu appealed to the government to revive the depots so that they could operate to work 24-hours daily and facilitate effective service delivery to reduce queues within the depots.
The association also decried the situation whereby only one storage tank out of nine installed at the Ejigbo Depot was working.
It appealed to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to rehabilitate all the moribund storage facilities within the depots which made up the western zone to enhance effective distribution of petroleum products.
Alanamu said that only one out of nine storage tanks in Ejigbo Depot, was currently working; adding that this was not sufficient for petroleum distribution.
He said that this had also contributed to the scarcity of petrol and the long queues of trucks awaiting loading at the depot.
According to him, marketers hardly load 50 trucks from the depot due to the dilapidated state of the storage tanks there.
“ We were loading between 15 trucks and 17 trucks daily before it was repaired.
“That was not enough for marketers to distribute to their customers.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) yesterday described as ridiculous government’s inability to rehabilitate the nation’s refineries after spending billions of Naira on Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) thus leading to the recurring scarcity of petrol in the country. The South-West Chairman of the union, Mr Tayo Aboyeji, stated this while chatting with journalists in Lagos therefore called on the government to take urgent steps to ensure that the nation starts refining its crude for local consumption.
“It is ridiculous that for the past 15 years now, Nigerian National
Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had been spending billions of dollars on Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) of the refineries with nothing to show for it, he stated. He noted that rehabilitating the refineries will not only save the nation economically, but it is the right thing to do “If all our four refineries are producing at their maximum output, the country will not be spending billions of naira on importation of refined product.
“This is the right time for our refineries to work, the Federal Government should as a matter of urgency fix the refineries now,” he said.
Expressing dismay over the recent fuel crisis despite being a major crude oil producing country he said, “It is disheartening to know that despite the fact that the nation is a major producer of crude oil, it cannot refine the product for its local consumption.
He therefore charged urged the NNPC to increase supply of petrol to
depots in order to reduce the scarcity nationwide.
Speaking on complete deregulation of the downstream sector Aboyeji
stated the timing right for now but advised the government to reduce
import duty and provide waiver to oil companies to import the product.
On petrol stations selling above the official pump price, he charged
the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to investigate properly
before sealing such stations.
“To me, it is not all about the pump price; it is about where they are
getting the product and how much they are getting it.
The question according to him should be, “Are these private depots
selling above the ex-depot price of N133.28?
“Since DPR started the sealing of petrol stations that are selling
above official pump price, we have not seen them asking questions in
private depots how much they are selling to marketers.
He stated that oil marketers are in business to make money, stressing
that they cannot get petrol at higher price and sell at lower price.
“It is the responsibility of DPR to find out the source of where the
marketers are getting the product before sealing the stations,” he
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