Marketers seek S/East governors’ help to end fuel scarcity

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fillling-stationFilling station operators in Imo State under the aegis of Association of Petroleum Marketers (APM) have appealed to state governors in the South East zone to wade into the lingering fuel scarcity in the region.

They said that based on the prevailing conditions in the state, it had become practically impossible for them to sell petrol at the of­ficial pump price of N86.50.

The fuel dealers ac­cused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of refusing to al­locate enough petrol prod­ucts to them under its Spe­cial Petroleum Intervention Quota.
According to the market­ers, their only sure sources of the product are private tank farms which sell to them above the official pump price.

In an interview with The AUTHORITY in Owerri, the state Chairman of the association, Chief Chris­topher Amadi, said that the low allocation being received by the state was equally shared with other south-eastern states of Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi and Anam­bra, a development, he la­mented, had compounded fuel scarcity in the zone.

“While other states re­ceive more than 10 million litres under the NNPC pet­rol intervention quota, no state in the south-east gets above one to two million litres, and this low alloca­tion is the reason why pet­rol scarcity in the area seem different,” Amadi noted.

“If NNPC increases quantity of petrol to Imo, and other states in the south-east, marketers will sell at government control price,” he stated.

Amadi appealed to South East Governors to assist Pe­troleum Marketers and look into the low allocation of petrol allocated to states in the zone.

Most filling stations in Imo sell a litre of petrol be­tween N140 and N150 as against the official pump price of N86.50. (The Authority)

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