While the NNPC on Wednesday alleged that DAPPMA members are owing it over N26.7 billion as at December 21, 2017, and that despite that it continued supplying them with products, DAPPMA said its members have paid for petrol supplied (with bank funds) for over one month, the value of which is in excess of N90 billion.
Despite this, they stated that the PPMC/NNPC had no cargo to allocate to them.
“As such how can we be held responsible for hoarding?”, the association asked according to its executive secretary, Olufemi Adewole.
“We again reject any attempt to blame marketers for the shortfall in supply as it is not our making since NNPC has been the sole importer since October 2017. Marketers have continued to sacrifice to keep the country wet with fuel despite over N600 billion debt owed our members and over N800 billion owed marketers as a whole by the Federal Government.
“NNPC’s view of our press release stating our side of the story and seeking to defend marketers for the very first time, against the unwarranted accusations of hoarding and profiteering is rather unfortunate”.
Meanwhile, petrol scarcity continues as many filling stations remained locked in many cities across the country.
In Kano, reports said filling stations are selling at between N230 and N250 per liter while very few stations are dispensing at the government price of N145. In Abuja, queues remained but the number of stations dispensing fuel increased in many parts of the city as witnessed by our reporter.
In cities like Jos, Kaduna, Lafia, Birnin Kebbi, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Lagos, Ibadan, Gusau and Sokoto the scarcity made transport for workers and other commuters difficult with transport fares skyrocketing on daily basis.
DPR vows to ease scarcity in few days
The Director of Department of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Mordecai Ladan, yesterday assured Nigerians that the lingering scarcity of petrol will soon come to an end. He gave the assurance after inspecting some private depots in Apapa axis in Lagos.
Ladan said, “I can confirm to you that products are coming in gradually in most of the depots visited, some are being discharged while there is assurance that more product will soon come again within the next 48 hours.