To end occasional fuel scarcity, especially petrol in the country, Enugu State chairman of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, Chief Ikechukwu Nwankwo has called on the federal government to revitalise all the four refineries in the country and if possible build additional ones.
Chief Nwankwo also called on the federal government to equally repair all the petrol depots in the country, especially that of Enugu, to make for easy access of petroleum products.
The IPMAN boss, who was reacting to the present fuel scarcity that has resulted in a litre of petrol costing as much as N130 as against the official pump price of N87, said the current scarcity though caused by the strike embarked upon by NATO, the truck owners that lift fuel as well as other oil workers in regard to subsidy payment, said if the depots and refineries start working effectively, fuel subsidy would be a thing of the past.
He explained that because of the strike, major marketers were not selling and that even the private depots had shut down.
He stated that independent marketers in the country should be praised because in spite of whatever happened, they kept supplying fuel to the populace.
“The federal government needs to thank the independent marketers for making sure that fuel is everywhere for the people in spite of the strike,” Nwankwo stated.
He explained that they struggled to procure the product at N101 landing cost and that there was no way they would sell at pump price of N87.
Meanwhile, fuel scarcity as well as price hike is hitting hard on the people of Enugu State and environs, as transporters have cashed in on the increase in price of fuel to double transport fares.