The on-going fuel crisis has paralysed commercial activities in the city of Ibadan as commuters are compelled to trek long distances to their various destinations.
When the Street Journal visited NNPC depot in Apata, activities were at the lowest ebb as no single tanker was sighted lifting the essential commodity. A drive around the ancient city today reveals that all the filling stations have no fuel or are not selling fuel while only one discovered to be selling fuel at Felele, an independent marketer sells at N120 per litre precipitating a jump in transport fares by about 200 per cent.
The chairman of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Ibadan branch, Raheem Rasak Tayo attributed the on-goig scarcity to the refusal by the Federal Government to pay the marketers their due of fuel subsidy. He explained that marketers had been importing fuel on credit while the present administration refused to pay them. ”we import fuel and other petroleum products with bank loans and we have to pay back otherwise we will be in trouble with our banks”, he said.
He added that oil marketers were also skeptical of the motif of government as it concerns fuel importation when news filtered into town that fuel subsidy had been removed in the 2015 budget. He noted that marketers had to be discrete in their dealing wit government in view of the fact that the tenure of the present regime would come to an end in one month while a new would assume power.
He however, expressed joy in the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s pledge to pay marketers somemoney starting from today. He said this would help in no small measure in solving the problem. He wondered why the minister always waited for a crisis situation like we have on our hands now before she does the right thing.
Meanwhile Eleven ships laden with petroleum products had arrived at the Lagos ports, the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) said on today in Lagos.
This is contained in ‘’’Shipping Position’’, a daily publication of NPA.
It said that the vessels conveyed petrol, kerosene and base oil, adding that two other ships with rice consignment had also sailed into the ports.
The publication also stated that 37 ships were being expected at the ports from April 30 to May 23.
According to it, 13 of the ships will sail into the ports with food items, including rice, buckwheat, bulk sugar, salt and frozen fish.
It disclosed that containers were expected to be brought in by 12 ships, while seven others would berth at the ports with general cargo.
It added that the remaining five ships would arrive at the ports with petroleum products, which would include diesel and petrol.