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Published On: Thu, Dec 7th, 2017

IPMAN, NNPC form committee against petrol scarcity in Kano

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From Mustapha Adamu, Kano

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Kano State branch, and Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), have formed a joint task force committee to check scarcity of petroleum that has rocked the state.
This came when unusual queues returned at filling stations in the commercial city, creating panic buying of the products by motorists.
The fuel scarcity which, resurfaced Saturday evening, left many filling stations owned by the Independent Marketers closed in the metropolis.
Speaking to newsmen in Kano, yesterday, the Kano branch chairman of IPMAN, Alhaji Bashir Ahmad Danmallam, attributed the scarcity of the product on the increase in its price at independent depots, adding that the commodity was also scarced in Portharcourt and Warri depots.
According to him, the marketers buy petroleum at the rate of N133. 28 at NNPC, but now they had to buy it at N142 to 143 at the independent depots, noting that they were at loss if they include transportation fee, and sell the product at the N145 official pump price.
Another reason for the scarcity of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS),according to Danmallam, was the delay in the payment of Equalisation Fund to the independent marketers by the federal government.
He however revealed that, on noticing the situation in Kano, the Managing Director, PPMC, Umar I. Ajiya, quickly intervened and ordered that 50 tankers should be lifted from the state’s depot and distributed to all the filling stations.
He said the committee would be up and doing to ensure that the product had been distributed to all the filling stations around the Kano metropolis, adding that it would also ensure that it was sold at the official pump price.
“By this prompt interventions, I am sure the problem would not persist. We already told you that the era of fuel scarcity is over and we stick to this statement. As I am talking to you, the Kaduna and Portharcourt refineries have taken off. By God’s grace, this problem would soon be resolved.
“Look at how the MD PPMC made a swift intervention by ordering to lift 50 tankers and distribute around the filling stations in the town. With these kind of people, NNPC will always be improving, “ he said.
Danmallam also denied sabotage the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the state today.
As at the time of filing in this report, Peoples Daily observed that the queues at the filling stations had begun to reduce.

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