The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, has advanced reasons for the prevailing fuel queues in filling stations across the country.
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The National Chairman, IPMAN, Chinedu Okoronkwo in an interview with Vanguard, opined that there was no fuel scarcity saying the product was available in abundance at depots.
Okoronkwo said that the long queues at petrol stations was caused by alleged erroneous public apprehension that the product was not available in the country.
He went on to blame the gridlock at Apapa area for the prevailing situation.
Okoronkwo told the paper, “There is no scarcity, just the aftermath of the gridlock at Apapa area led to shortage of product at the filling stations. Tankers are unable to navigate out of the gridlock at the area and that has led to difficulties of the product to get to the filling stations. Marketers will not hoard product if they have to sell.
“However, I believe the Federal Government is not oblivious to the sensitivity of the season, and NNPC is working assiduously to ensure steady supply of the product to avert such thing as scarcity.”