No reason for fuel scarcity in Lagos, Abuja – PPMC

By Editor on 02/04/2016

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With 320 truckloads daily supply of Premium Motor Spirits (PMS), it is unthinkable that Lagos would be experiencing shortage of the commodity, the Petroleum Products and Marketing Company (PPMC), said on Saturday.

Executive Director of the company, Mr. Justin Ezeala, who said the same scenario was also true of Abuja, the nation’s capital city, said every other reason for which Nigerians still queued at filling stations in both cities could be traced to activities of human beings and not insufficiency of the products.

Ezeala, who spoke against the backdrop of expectation by Nigerians that the nightmare would end by Thursday next week, the 7th of April, as promised by Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, believed that the current crisis, would be the last Nigeria would witness.  

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Ezeala, who was a guest on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise, said that the 320 number was actually an increase of about 250 daily average of trucks during normal times, arguing that the current scarcity meant the supplies were either diverted or that those who got the products refused to sell, adding that it was now left for consumers to also be vigilant and report such activities to the relevant authorities.

For instance, while debunking the arguments of some independent marketers’ claims of selling above pump price, because the procured the products at high costs, he said the PPMC, the sole supplier of the products at the moment, never varied its price and as such there was no justification for such variation elsewhere.

Those making the claims should be asked to make evidence available to the agency, for necessary action, adding that the sharp practices responsible for the fuel crisis, could be curtailed by applying the vibrancy in the social media, through exposing those responsible.

“There is no reason why anybody who sees a filling station selling above the pump price, should not take a picture and upload it to our website for necessary action. This is the time for our vibrant social media to come into play, to expose these people,” he said.

Ezeala, said on its own, the company was taking steps to deal with the situation of sharp practices, one of which was to ensure the tracking of all vehicles leaving the depots with petroleum products. “That’s one of the requirements we are now making. If you want to be part of our operations, we will demand that you install those trackers so that we can monitor your movement. We will know when you’re staying at a place beyond your rest period and we will be able to call you and ask you what is happening. That’s what we are doing on our own,” he added.



Source Channels TV

Posted on April, 2 2016

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