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Scarcity persists as NNPC, depot owners bicker over N21.7bn debt

…Lagos still battling with product shortfall

From Uche Usim, Abuja, Adewale Sanyaolu, Lagos and Judex Okoro, Calabar

Nigerians may have to prepare for a long period of horrifying petrol scarcity as the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association (DAPPMA) (fuel depot owners) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) are currently bickering over a N21.7 billion debt and who should be blamed for the persisting crisis hurting Nigerians.
While the depot owners insist they do not have any petroleum products in their facilities supplied by the NNPC, the national oil company on its part said DAPPMA was being economical with the truth as current records show appreciable supplies and that the association is indebted to it to tune of N26.7billion as at December 21.
The disagreement erupted on December 25, when DAPPMA through its Executive Secretary, Olufemi Adewole, accused the NNPC of starving its members’ facilities of products nationwide despite the fact that the Corporation lacks the capacity to solely import and distribute fuel efficiently as marketers own 80 per cent of the functional receptive facilities and retail outlets in the country.
The Association went ahead to refute claims that its members were responsible for hoarding and sabotaging government’s efforts in solving the scarcity nightmare when in actual sense their facilities were totally empty.
Reacting to DAPPMA’s claims, the NNPC via its Spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu said it was unfortunate that depot owners had the temerity to peddle such falsehood when the Corporation had continually flooded their tanks with sufficient products, especially petrol, in its efforts to solve the scarcity challenge.
“NNPC wishes to affirm that it has supplied appreciable volume to DAPPMA, Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) and Independent Petroleum Marketers of Nigeria (IPMAN) to rid the challenges currently being experienced in the supply and distribution of petroleum products in the country.
“NNPC regrets that DAPPMA which members had taken receipts of products from Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of NNPC and owe the company to the tune of N26.7billion as at December 21, 2017, has the audacity to indict NNPC unjustifiably.
As workers resumed yesterday, in Lagos being the first working day of the week, fuel queues again reared its ugly head as the traffic situation was further compounded by the activities of filling station dispensing fuel.
Though, some of the filling stations selling fuel adhered strictly to the approved retail price of N145 per litre, especially those operated by major marketers.
NIPCO filling station on Ipaja ensured that sale to motorists remained at the control price of N145 while the management barred the sale of fuel into jerrycans, a situation which resulted into orderliness among motorists.
On the Ikeja along axis,  the Conoil filling station on the corridor was dispensing fuel as at at 5.30pm, though there activities contributed largely to the traffic situation on the expressway. But same could not be said of the Forte Oil close to the local Airport, Petroleum Managers and Emadeb Energy, both on the Apapa- Oshodi Expressway as the two stations were shut down.
Meanwhile, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Cross River has shut down two filling stations for selling petrol above pump price of N145 per litre
Controller of DPR in Cross River, Mr Bassey Nkanga, who shut down the filling stations while monitoring sales yesterday in Calabar, said the stations violated government directives.
Stations shut included `Uddy King’ and Uko-Ma for was shut down for selling at N190 and N205 per litre respectively as against the approved pump price of N145.
Nkanga said it was wrong for oil marketers to increase the pump price when the federal government has not done so.
But even as DPR closed some stations,  investigations revealed that in Calabar  South some filling stations were still selling at between N230 and N250 per litre.
When Daily Sun visited some of the filling stations including the ones located at Atu Street,  Mayne Avenue, Anantgha and Etta Agbor there dispensing fuel above government pump price.
One of the fuel attendants at Ette Agbor,  who simply gave her name as Imaobong,  said: “My Oga told us he bought above pump price at depot because there is no product.  So why should we sell at N145 per litre.  We are not in business to incurre loss but to make profit.
“Tell DPR to make fuel available so we can buy and sell at government price.  Else we would continue to sell at N250 or we close down. “
In Abuja, unscrupulous oil marketers who hitherto ran nocturnal operations to profiteer have commenced daytime sales in order to avoid the Federal Government’s hammer.
This follows the sealing of a private filling station, Khalif Civic Oil and Investment Limited, in Kubwa, a satellite town in Abuja, by officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) for selling petrol at N250/litre instead of the approved pump price of N145/litre.
Aside shutting the station, the officials also gave out the product free to motorists.
Consequently, the development appears to have frightened other hoarders who shut their premises during the day in the pretext of running out of stock.
Between Kubwa and Wuse, about nine filling stations belonging to some independent oil marketers that have never sold petrol since scarcity began about three weeks surprisingly dispensed fuel yesterday though with long queues.

Motorists who spoke with Daily Sun hailed the clampdown on the hoarders, describing as a right step in the right direction.

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 28th December 2017 at 6:40 am

    It is not difficult to know the reasons behind the mess. When the fulani slave with insanity call Osinbajo said NNPC is responsible not FG, it tells the fairy tales. NNPC is fraudulent instrument and owned by the said FG which are fulani criminal terrorists hidden under the fraudulent political name Nigeria. The said NNPC said tankers are dischaging, tankers are on the way- which suggested products as not available, the said FG said rumors and strike caused the scarcity- which suggested the products are available. Fulani criminal terrorists hidden under the fraudulent political name Nigeria molested Capital Oil in attempt to hide their mess. The fulani criminal terrorits hidden under the fraudulent political name Nigeria could not build producing capacity of petroleum products to satisfy local needs and beyond, could not build importation capacity to satisfy local need and beyond, could not pay companies who are filling the gap to the minimum possible, the same applies to other sectors of this territory of the natives- education, employment, job, salary, pension, business, public infrastructures, amenities etc. Who on earth with sense of reason will say or stand on the way of Disintegrated Republics of the natives which is the only scientific answer to these mess of fulani criminal terrorists hidden under the fraudulent political name Nigeria? Nothing on earth will stand on the way of Disintegrated Republics of the natives which must be defended in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives in which the last fulani criminal terrorists, mercenaries, collaborators, instruments, system etc. must be erased- dead or alive. It is Liberation of the natives, Freedom of the natives in 21st century world. God Is With Us!!!

  2. Peter Okeke 28th December 2017 at 3:45 pm

    It is a pity that we are still grappling with the issues of responsibilities and lack of controls in our established agencies and parastatals that a great extent is responsible for the fuel scarcity and price hike by filling stations. It is not enough for NNPC to state that they supplied sufficient fuel to the depots without giving details of the supply. One can appreciate it if the depot managers are hoarding fuel on the basis of being owed but not when they have received regular NNPC product and at the same time being indebted to it. So who selling some lies to cover some obnoxious real intentions of making life difficult for the citizens of this country for their selfish reason. How much is enough quantity being supplied to these depots on say quarterly basis and being sustained to justify NNPC claims. What mechanism do they have in place to ensure even distribution of this product across the country and monitor where there are setbacks or gaps in the supply chain and how to hold some depots responsible. It is not enough to say that they supplied without backing it with figures regarding circulation. Do the depots have no control mechanism in the fuel they sold out to filling stations. Some people are out to confuse and exploit the masses and we hope that the government that cannot check this ugly trend is not ignominiously implicated in the matter.

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