The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, has advised the Federal Government to revive operations at NNPC depots across the country to ease petrol distribution.
The Chairman of South-West Zone of IPMAN, Alhaji Ahmed Debo, who gave the advice in Lagos, said that government had neglected the depots for too long, adding that only nine out of 35 depots across the country were currently working.
According to him, the current measure put in place by the government for marketers in the Western Zone to load petrol in Lagos could not be a permanent solution.
“Government should embark on massive repairs of depots and products pipelines in the country to save marketers from coming to Lagos to load products.
“Most marketers, who come to Lagos to load products, are facing so many challenges such as bad roads, time consuming and negative impacts on turnaround of liquidity of marketers’ investments,” he said.
Debo also appealed to the government to deregulate the downstream sector of the oil and gas sector to ease frequent challenges of fuel scarcity, adding that the revival of the country’s refineries would also go a long way in addressing the perennial fuel scarcity in the country.
“Government should stop playing politics with the issues of downstream sector. Lifting of petrol at Apapa private depots is not the lasting solution, there is the need to look inward,” he said.