The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke has assured Nigerians that the supply of petroleum products will be regular for the remaining part of the year.
She made this known in Lagos while inspecting fuel stations in Lagos in order to ascertain the cause of the fuel scarcity being witnessed in the country. Her surprise visits to several filling stations in Lagos on Sunday revealed that marketers were behind the scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) which has led to queues at filling stations in Lagos and most other parts of the country.
The Minister disclosed that the country had enough PMS to meet the domestic demand. She said “we have enough fuel to wet the country, but the challenge we are having is that, after loading, some truck drivers will not supply the lifted products at the designated filling stations. Having gone round the state (Lagos), it is not just the filling stations at Ikoyi that appeared to be wet with product, but other extreme locations like Ajah and other parts in Surulere”.
Speaking further, Mrs Alison-Madueke explained some of the factors that have affected delivery of the product to its end users. She said “we learnt that some of the marketers instructed their drivers to change the number plates of their trucks to make it difficult for tracking. Does it mean those markets they are diverting the product to are more lucrative than intended market? I have directed the heads of the agencies, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Pipeline Product Marketing Company (PPMC) and Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), to get back to me today and give me a clear picture and timeline in terms of numbers of trucks coming in to Lagos, the volumes and where they are getting to in terms of the market.
If we can establish there is (diversion of products), I want to know when and how this is being done. They need to supply me how these trucks are being tracked because diversion is not easy to do. They will be sanctioned and I am ready to publish names of anybody that may be involved,” Alison-Madueke said.