Fuel Scarcity: Respite At Last, As Marketers Begin Lifting Of Petrol From Lagos

There appears to be some respite and ray of hope for Nigerians as independent marketers have begun lifting petrol from Lagos, following the release of 7, 000 pending loading tickets by the federal government.

By this development, the federal government has officially commenced the release of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) known as petrol to Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) as part of efforts to ease the fuel queues.

This was disclosed by the Secretary, IPMAN Reconciliation Committee, Lawson Ngoa.

Recall that the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, constituted a 14-man committee to resolve IPMAN crisis and to ensure end to fuel scarcity in the country.

Ngoa, who explained that the release of the product was part of efforts to settle the 7,000 pending loading tickets to IPMAN, stated that some marketers had confirmed that they had started loading the products from some depots in Lagos following efforts by the committee.

He noted that IPMAN controlled over 80 per cent of the petroleum products’ retail outlets in the country, adding that members were not getting products from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) due to internal leadership crisis which had engulfed the association in the last two years.

While stating that the committee was taking steps to ensure that products were available across the country, Ngoa thanked Nigerians for their patience and understanding during the difficult period and assured that with the support of the minister and his team, the scarcity would soon be over.

He further called on stakeholders to shun unnecessary rancour and join hands with the committee to restore peace and normalcy in the distribution of petroleum products.


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