The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has revealed that a system failure in the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) is one of the reasons Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) has been scarce in the country.
Brand Spur Nigeria earlier gathered that independent oil marketers have been complaining about the lack of fuel supply from the NNPC.
The Secretary to IPMAN, Abuja-Suleja, Mohammed Shuaibu, told Punch in a report on Friday that the NNPC is experiencing a system failure.
Shuaibu disclosed that demands from oil marketers have climbed because NNPC has not been able to resolve the situation.
“So, there are over 1,000 tickets of marketers who have paid to have their trucks loaded, but we don’t know what is happening.
“Today they will tell you that they are upgrading the system, tomorrow you will hear that the system did not capture,” Shuaibu said in the report.
He also stated that NNPC being the sole importer of petrol is contributing to the scarcity, as all the depots belonging to Major Oil Marketers Association Of Nigeria (MOMAN) in Apapa, Lagos, are empty.
Shuaibu said only MRS and Pinnacle depots are currently housing fuel, “as it is now, the government is bringing in products. But the issue now is that virtually all the depots that belong to major marketers in Apapa axis of Lagos are empty.
“So there is now pressure on MRS and Pinnacle depots where NNPC drop products.”