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Fuel scarcity hits Kwara

17 February 2014, 18:01

Ilorin - The Kwara Government has called on  residents of the state to refrain  from panic buying of petrol following reports of scarcity of the product.

The Special Assistant to the Governor on Petroleum Monitoring, Lawal Isiaka, said on Monday that there was no reason for panic buying.

"The vandalised pipeline on Ogbomoso road which supplies petroleum products to Ilorin had been repaired.

"So these marketers in Ilorin that closed their stations to create artificial scarcity because of bridging of fuel at Oke-Oyi depot will be disappointed.

"l want to use this medium to warn fuel marketers who sell the product above the official pump price to desist forth-with as anybody caught will face the wrath of the law," he said.

Residents besieged the  few stations where the product was being sold.

At Omu Aran, headquarters of Irepodun Local Government Area, no filling station was selling to consumers as at 3pm on Sunday.

It was gathered that most independent operators  closed shop in Ilorin, the state capital,  while there were long queues at the NNPC stations and outlets of  major marketers like Mobil and Total.

When contacted, the state Chairman of Independent Petroleum Marketers’ Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Bashir Olopade,  attributed the situation to inadequate supply of the product to their members.

"Can you believe that over 300 of our members in this state were being supplied with two trucks only on daily basis?

"There is scarcity because we, the independent marketers,  are not loading as expected; the loading is now a camouflage.

"What we do now is to go for bridging by approaching independent depots in Lagos," he said.

The state Controller of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Amos Jokodola, said that he was on leave and could not make any official comment on the situation until his resumption next month.

In Iseyin, Oyo State, long queues  re-surfaced in many filling stations following the scarcity of petrol.

Most filling stations in the area had closed shop  while the  few selling  had long queues.

Filling stations owned by independent marketers at Koso, Bolamarck, Barracks and Oja-Agbe areas had long queues.

Some motorists said they had parked their vehicles in different stations since Sunday night to enable them buy  fuel.

"I parked here around 8 p.m on Sunday because they stopped selling when it was becoming too rowdy for them to control.

Efforts to speak with officials at the filling stations did not yield result as they all declined comment.

Some, however, said that only their headquarters could speak on the situation.

-  NAN

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