The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has urged the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to intensify the distribution of petroleum products to Western depots to address fuel shortage in the hinterlands.
Its Chairman, Western Zone, Alhaji Debo Ahmed, made the appeal in Lagos., saying increased fuel supply to the zone becomes necessary due to IPMAN members’ inability to import petrol.
He, however, commended the NNPC for improving supply but noted that the distribution was still not enough for the zone. According to him, some depots within the western zone have begun to receive massive supply of petroleum products from the NNPC, which independent marketers enjoy, loading at ease to the hinterlands.
He said: “The supply of petrol to the depots has improved in the western zone, but we appeal to the NNPC to maintain the tempo. All depots within the western zone now sell petroleum products at government-regulated prices unlike before when petrol was sold above ex-depot prices.
“We, the marketers, under the western zone, commend the management of NNPC for addressing the petroleum distribution challenges to depots in the zone. Government has set the pace for steady supply of petroleum products across the country.”
Ahmed praised President Muhammadu Buhari for his concern in easing fuel distribution and supply to every part of the country, adding that the concern had informed the commitment of the NNPC’s management in upgrading storage facilities across Nigeria and ensuring the availability of products.