Marketers say they have been unable to load petrol since Friday due to pipeline vandalism.
The pipeline vandalism that occurred in Arepo, Ogun State may cause fuel scarcity in the South West region, some petroleum marketers in Lagos have warned.
The marketers expressed fear over the non- availability of petroleum products in NNPC depots in the Western Zone, and attributed the situation to the shutdown of system 2B pipeline network.
The Chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria in Ejigbo said that loading of products has been stalled since last Friday due to pipeline vandalism.
He said that there might be scarcity of products soon because marketers now face problems getting the products in Apapa.
“We have over 1,000 trucks at Arepo that are expecting products that are not available, but we hope that it will be resolved,” he said.
Adebisi Bada, Financial Secretary, Western Zone of IPMAN, said that loading of products at Mosinmi depot had dropped drastically.
He also said that the depot is hardly loading 20 trucks of products daily due to shutdown of system 2B pipeline network.
“Marketers have resorted to lifting the product from Apapa depot which is very expensive and time consuming.
“The shutdown of pipeline by PPMC over incessant vandalism in Arepo is causing serious hardship,” he said.
Bamidele Olayinka, Chairman of IPMAN in Ado-Ekiti depot, also condemned incessant vandalism of pipelines, saying that the menace is causing huge losses to the economy.
“It is our collective responsibility to checkmate and bring those pipelines culprits to book,” he said