‘Fuel scarcity ploy to re­move sub­sidy’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Ilorin

Some mo­torists in Kwara State have de­scribed the cur­rent scarcity of fuel as a sur­rep­ti­tious move to stop sub­si­dis­ing the price of the com­mod­ity.

Daily Trust re­ports that for the past two months, in­de­pen­dent mar­keters have been sell­ing a litre of petrol to mo­torists as high as N120 per litre, in­stead of the ap­proved N97.

The mar­keters claimed the in­cre­ment was as a re­sult of lack of sup­ply from Ilorin De­pot of the Nigeria Na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (NNPC), adding that they used to buy the prod­uct at higher price from out­side the state.

Only NNPC mega sta­tion, its out­lets as well as some ma­jor mar­keters like To­tal, Conoil, AP, among oth­ers, sell at the of­fi­cial rate, it was gath­ered.

How­ever, they are of­ten crowded with long queues of ve­hi­cles any time they are dis­pens­ing fuel.

But in­de­pen­dent fill­ing sta­tions, in and out­side the state, used to sell at over N110 per litre.

Speak­ing

with our cor­re­spon­dent, Chair­man In­de­pen­dent Petroleum Mar­keters (IPMAN) in the state, Mr. Ab­dul­rasheed Olopade said: “Till date, we are not load­ing in Ilorin and it has also ex­tended to Ibadan.”

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