NNPC station manager calls for increased fuel supply.
Contrary to government’s claims that it is importing and distributing enough fuel to check the petrol scarcity in the country, an official of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has said that inadequate importation and supply of petrol is the reason the product is scarce across the country.
The Manager of the NNPC Mega Station in Port Harcourt, Tonye Barason, said on Tuesday that Nigeria needs to import more refined petroleum products in order to check the scarcity of the products in the country.
This reason by Mr. Barason contradicts the official reason given by the federal government.
The Federal Government had blamed the scarcity on marketers. According to the finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, oil companies owned by wealthy Nigerians indicted in the fuel subsidy fraud are behind the crisis.
But the marketers immediately denied this claim. Just as Mr. Barason said, the marketers blamed the scarcity on inadequate supply of fuel, with many refusing to import the product until they are paid subsidies owed.
The marketers said the NNPC is not supplying enough fuel to meet the needs of Nigerians.
Mr. Barason said that while Pipeline and Products Marketing Company, PPMC, has been making sure that there was supply of the product in the stations, it is not enough for Nigerians.
“PPMC is making sure we have petrol although the product is not enough to serve the masses and since NNPC is the only station selling product, not everybody will be able to buy the product,” he said.
The manager said that some independent marketers are no longer importing the product.
Nigeria is Africa’s biggest exporter of crude oil but still has to import most of the refined petroleum products.